- - Sunday, March 15, 2020

In North Korea, one poor soul reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. Unfortunately for him and his family, he was immediately shot and killed. That is North Korea’s way of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Fortunately, America is different and operates under a different set of values. America’s values are a reflection of our Judeo-Christian religious beliefs. While those values have been diminishing, they are still a significant part of our nation.

Seventy-five years ago, America defeated Japan in World War II in a bloody conflict. We then imposed many of our values on Japan and changed its culture. Japan no longer has ambitions of world conquest or the extreme glorification of it military. It no longer uses subjugated Korean women as “comfort women” to service its soldiers. The emperor is no longer considered a divine person, descended from the sun. War crimes such as the Rape of Nanking, in which a quarter-million Chinese were brutally murdered in the last few weeks of 1937, and germ warfare, which killed another quarter-million following the American bombing of Tokyo in April 1942, are now completely alien to the Japanese way of life.

In short, the massive improvement in Japanese values is in large measure a result of American military control and direction. This was done in an era when the vast majority of Americans shared values that respected the American way of life: Marriage was considered a vital necessity, the American flag was revered as a symbol of freedom and democracy, and freedom of speech was not silenced by political correctness. Diverse opinions could be freely expressed in universities and colleges. Having worked in higher education for nine years, I can say while colleges and universities claim to want diversity, when it comes to political diversity conservatives best be quiet.

ARTHUR HORN

Fort Lee, N.J.



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