Facts are facts, aren’t they?

tianasquare.jpgThe circle goes around.While driving 12 straight hours by myself from Albuquerque to Austin today, I listened to a lot of radio.One thing of interest was the NPR Morning Edition story about John Rabe, a German member of the Nazi party in China during World War II who was responsible for saving many Chinese during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanjing. Essentially, like Oskar Schindler, he used his position and house to shelter 600 from the Japanese soldiers.What was odd to me is that this is being made into a very big deal by the Chinese not because he did this wonderful thing, but because a small number of Japanese Ultra-Nationalists are denying that the “Rape of Nanjing” happened or that the numbers were a “few thousand,” not the 300,000 civillians estimated killed.