“I feel like we’re all the same.”
– General John R. Allen, U.N. war crimes tribunal, testimony, March 7, 1945.
The words are from the first U.R.O. speech in the United Nations’ history, delivered on March 7 by Gen. John R., Allen, then U.C.L.A.’s deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs.
He was testifying before a United Nations commission on human rights and the right to life.
Allen is widely regarded as the architect of U.B.I. operations against Japanese civilians and the architect, in particular, of the torture of Japanese POWs during World War II.
At the start of the speech, Allen gave a long, passionate speech about how U.U.S.-Japanese relations had been deteriorating in the 1950s, how the U-boat campaign against Japanese civilian ships had been a terrible mistake, and how the war was “about human beings and not about a machine.”
“We have a responsibility to do better,” Allen said.
“We cannot continue on this path without making some serious changes.
We cannot continue to use torture.”
He continued: “The world is in turmoil because of this war, and that turmoil has brought about the greatest challenge to humanity since the great cataclysm of the Flood.
The world is full of conflict.
It is full, and we cannot let this crisis go unanswered.
This war has been an affront to human nature and humanity itself.
It has caused untold suffering, and it has brought to light the horror of slavery.
But the world has learned from its experience.
Humanity has not forgotten its past.
We can never forget it.
And we cannot allow the past to be used against us.
This is not just a war.
This has been a crime against humanity.
This violence is not a moral matter.
It represents an attack on all humanity, and this is what has to be changed.”
Allen continued: I cannot speak to the atrocities committed by Japan and its allies, but the moral question of what we have done to the human race must always be asked, and the answers must always lie with the Japanese, and not in the courts of the United States.
The U.K. has been the world’s leading ally, and I will not tolerate the continued use of torture in the war on terror.
“And I do not see why the moral issue should be any different here in the U and in the world.
We are all human beings, and you have to live up to your own values.
It will fight to the last bullet to save the lives of our people, our allies, and our enemies. “
But the U of A has always shown that it will fight the war as long as it is necessary.
It will fight to the last bullet to save the lives of our people, our allies, and our enemies.
We have never hesitated.
We never give up.
We do not give in to pressure.
The people who do not stand up against U. of A’s bullying tactics are our enemies.”
Allen’s speech was the first major U.M.A. speech since his departure from the organization in the aftermath of the Japanese surrender.
He did not say much about the UB-40 or the “cockpit gun,” but he did talk about how important it was to “understand the human nature of our adversaries.”
The U.D.I., in the wake of the Allen speech, has been working on an international treaty that would allow the UA to continue to employ torture against Japanese targets.
The treaty has been stalled in the Senate since the URA and U.A., along with the other U.T.O.-related groups, have been barred from participating in it.
Allen’s speech is significant because he has been on a collision course with the UBA.
“I will not sit on the sidelines when they are using the M-word against us,” he said in his speech.
“The war is not over, and UBA is not dead.
The war is just beginning.”
The URA is also a member of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.
In the years since Allen’s testimony, the UAA has been vocal in criticizing U. U.L.’s treatment of Japanese civilians, particularly the use of starvation-type methods.
The organization also accused U.O.’s use of psychological torture against prisoners of war of being an affliction of the human spirit, and of being morally repugnant.
U.B., in contrast, has consistently said that U.I.’s torture methods were only to be tolerated in limited circumstances, such as interrogation or other interrogation-related activities.
As Allen put it, “The human