International Conference on the World War II took place in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday, May 13, 2010. The meeting, initiated by the World Future Online, was attended by experts from various countries. Present at the meeting were Hendrajit, Executive Director of the Global Future Institute (Indonesia); Albert Jansen (the Netherlands); Hasan Yahya (the United States) and Professor George Katsiaficas (the United States); Zakaria Abdullah (the Philippines); Former Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Subandrio Nyoto; Khairul Faiz Morat (Malaysian Islamic Youth Force); Ghazali Osman Cakmak (Turkey); Aggia Putri Nilasari (Indonesia), and Dandan Ben Hur (Malaysia).
The conference hosted by journalist and author from singapore Jaya Prakash issued a declaration of 12 points, which, among others condemn all efforts undertaken by the aggressors in the world wars to rewrite and erase history of atrocities and war crimes that they had done before and during the World War II.
These results were apparently in line with the call voiced by the executive director of the Global Future Intitute, Hendrajit, urging the conference participants to strongly condemn any measure taken by the Japanese government to revise its military history, namely its involvement in military invasion before and during the World War II.
George Katsiaficas and Albert Jansen, explicitly warned the atrocities and war crimes committed by the Fascism government Germany against Jewish which took place in the Western European region. Furthermore, Professor Katsiaficas also reminded that honestly the World War II has not yet ended. "The US has killed and slaughtered millions of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Katsiaficas who is expert in such fields as humanity, social, and management of the Wenworth Institute of Technology.
In addition, Katsiaficas also underlined that the German military attack against the Soviet Union killed about 27 million civilians in the country.
In unveiling crimes and the military invasion of Japan in Malaysia, Khairul Morat also mentioned one of important interesting things. As for him, the actions of the Japanese military forces in Malaysia really destroyed the social infrastructure and economic life in the country. In addition, according to Morat, during the its occupation in Malaysia, Japan in advance sparked a sense of hostility and mutual suspicion of various communities in Malaysia like Malays, Chinese and Indians.
India, according to Morat, was initially promised to soon be freed from British colony as an effort to cooperate with the Japanese fascism. But in its development, when Japan had no good will to fulfill its promise, India was eventually joined a resistance movement in fighting against Japanese troops. Thus, as for Morat, there were some 100 thousand Indians in Malaysia killed by the Japanese troops.
Meanwhile, Hendrajit who was also present at the occassion as a speaker, underscored the importance of continuing to constantly monitor any possible maneuver of the Japanese right-wing groups which are potential to revive its military strength in the future.
For that reason Hendrajid reminded the conference participants of the importance of taking into account of any initiative taken by Japanese right-wing circles willing to revise history books to change the role of Japanese invasion as aggressor against the Asian nations to be such people's liberation army in the Asia Pacific region. For that reason, Hendrajid urged the conference participants to condemn various acts committed by Japanese right-wing circles.
Hendrajit felt the need to remind the conference participants of what happening in 2008 in which Toshio Motoya, entrepreneur and managing director of the APA GROUP, who is popularly known as the Japan-wing right-wing leader, sponsored an essay / writing competition with the theme: The Perspective of Japanese Modern History.
The competition was organized by Japan Air Self Defense Force. What raising suspicions of the competition was, from 235 contestants, some 94 of them were members of theJapan Air Self Defense Force (ASDF). Suspicions that the competition aimed at (re)writing the Japanese history initiated by ASDF increasingly came to the light as the winner of the competition was the Japan Air Self Defense Force chief of staff Toshio Tamogami.
Tamogami in his essay denied that the Japanese military invasion before and after the World War II was a military aggression. In other words, Tamogami rejected the role of Japanese troops as aggressors against Asian nations. Instead, Tamogami claimmed that what carried out by Japan was the role of liberation. Although he was finally fired as chief of staff of the Japan Air Self Defense Force, Tamogami with his all maneuvers indicated that the aspirations of the Japanese right wing both civilian and military have still emerged and even will be capable of reviving its military strength as that in the past.
Recommendations proposed by Hendrajit along with other speakers were finally approved by the Conference Committee, although there were no explicitly statements mentioning the involvement of such countries as Japan or Germany. But in the declaration, all the conference participant strongly condemned the aggressor nations willing to rewrite their own history and remove various war crimes that they committed in the World War II. (Kuala Lumpur-GFI)