John Messer speaks up for Peter Koo’s noble endeavor.
Earlier this afternoon Councilman Koo came under heavy fire from Japanese citizens that need a history lesson.
Messer, who is running for New York’s 16th senate district, announced his advocacy for Councilman Peter Koo’s memorial in Flushing to the “Comfort Women” of World War II, according to an official statement.
As an American and a resident of Queens, I am proud to support Councilman Peter Koo in his efforts to remember the more than 200,000 Asian women against whom atrocities were committed by the Japanese during WWII,
According to the New York Post, “Koo and his City Council colleagues have received a flood of angry emails and letters from Japanese citizens who said the so-called “comfort women” were willing prostitutes and should not be the subject of a memorial in his Flushing, Queens, district.”
But the angry callers are wrong and don’t have their facts straight.
‘Comfort Women’ (also known as ianfu, a term coined by Imperialist Japan) were kidnapped by the Japanese military during World War II. These women suffered what can only be described as a horrific wartime atrocity: they were enslaved – sometimes as children – at ‘comfort stations,’ where they were raped and brutalized by the occupying Japanese military sometimes for years.
Peter Koo should turn a deaf ear to these vapid complaints because his initiative is a righteous endeavor to honor history. We should never forget what has happened here. And Peter, don’t worry looks like your next State Senator has your back.