The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Aftermath: Japan #13


Original Caption:

Yokohama -- Lt. Kei Yuri closes his eyes and thinks hard to answer a question from his attorney, Lt. Frank L. Heard, Jr. of Rosenberg, Texas, during his trial for war crimes. He is accused of directing his guards to bayonet to death an American soldier before a group of American Army officers, who were forced to watch the execution (1946)

3 comments :

Loyolalaw98 said...

Kei Yuri

Defendant: Yuri, Kei: former First Lieutenant, Japanese Imperial Army; Commander of Prisoner of War Camp No. 17-B, Omuta, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan
Docket No./ Date: 2/ Dec. 27, 1945 - Jan. 7, 1946, Yokohama, Japan
Charge: 1. Violation of Laws and Customs of War - did, at Prisoner of War Camp No. 17-B, Omuta, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan, between Aug. 1, 1943 and May 31, 1944, wilfully and unlawfully commit cruel and brutal atrocities and other offenses against certain POW, and did unlawfully disregard and fail to restrain and control members of his command from committing atrocities and other offenses against POW.
Specifications:
Verdict: Guilty verdict upheld/Death by Hanging on 26APR46

Timmy said...

"War is Hell". All's fair...

Brooks said...

He looks like a kid who should have a Nintendo. What a messed up world.