2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0297  Thursday, 31 January 2002

From:           Brian Haylett <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 16:23:14 +0000
Subject:        Honest Iago

While reading Haruki Murakami's novel 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle', I
have pounced on the following sentences which reflect what seems to be a
genuine recurrence in the pre-War Japanese army of a theme familiar to
us:

"No other officer in the Imperial Army at that time had Ishiwara's
profound interest in logistics combined with his great erudition. Most
other Japanese officers dismissed logistics as an 'effeminate'
discipline, believing instead that the proper 'way' for 'his majesty's
warriors' was to fight with bold self-abandonment no matter how
ill-equipped they might be; that true martial glory lay in conquering a
mighty foe when outnumbered and poorly armed. Strike the enemy and
advance 'too swiftly for supplies to keep up': that was the path of
honour."

Brian Haylett

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