Letter: The real victims of war

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The Independent Online
Sir: The real apology is owed not by Japan to British war veterans but by Britain, France, Portugal, the Netherlands - and indeed Japan - to the native peoples of South-east Asia, none of whom asked to be fought over or conquered, or to have their land and minerals stolen from them, or to be treated like inferior beings in their own countries. The conscripts sent to defend the evils of those empires should direct their complaints to those who drafted them.