Left Wing View
In the left wing during the Cold War there was an attempt to recant the American triumphalism following the Cold War and the apparent Conservative political victory represented by Ronald Reagan's Presidency. Dowery's book is a part of that. For instance, Dowery suggests that both the Alamo and Custer's Last Stand are American equivalents to mass Japanese suicide attacks in the Pacific. At Saipan 30,000 Japanese soldiers and as many as 20,000 Japanese civilians died rather than surrender. (There is evidence, Dowery admits, that thousands of the civilians were murdered by their own soldiers). It seems that Dowery attempts throughout to build a case that no one nation was responsible for the merciless war in the Pacific, that all parties acted on their racist ideas, all parties regularly exceeded the rules of war and of human mercy. But in reality, brutal and merciless war happened everywhere there were Japanese and the truth is this did not happen everywhere American soldiers fought.