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31 August 2010

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Come off it, Paul. Sweetness and light works for some, just ask Peter.

But when times get tough, a bit of the punishment "thing" does wonders, if nothing other than getting a few perpetrators out of the way; permanently.

Hanging can be messy if not done correctly, same as for electrocution and chemicals, but the do-gooders will not allow capital punishment in any form.

The number of "rascals" in the world is growing exponentially and we all wait for the revolution.

The threat of God has lost it's power but, in time, a legally placed bullet will certainly put a stop to anarchy.

Over 30 years ago when I was with Defence, I remember discussing with some servicemen what it was like in PNG just after the war.

A navy officer (then very junior) told me he toured through PNG at the time. When I mentioned Finschhafen, he recalled his misadventures when he heard about the fabulous PX supplies being held there by the US forces.

He snuck out after hours and scrabbled under the side of one of the buildings that were open at the bottom for ventilation purposes.

He was just about to collect his loot when a Marine sentry challenged him and he ran and made a dive out our under the wall as the .45 bullets hit around him.

He was next stationed in Rabaul and heard about how the Japanese POW's had collected a lot of loot which they were still holding.

He eventually found his way to a barbed wire prison camp with what he believed were Japanese inside and now in possession of a .45 pistol, entered the camp and bailed up the first bloke he saw that had a decent watch on his wrist.

Threatening the POW with his pistol, he used sign language to extract the watch but the rest of the prisoners started to mob him and he just made it to the gate.

At that moment, a jeep pulled up full of US troops and grabbed him, extracted the watch which they gave back to the POW's and roared off before any further argument.

He was then told in the most forceful terms that he had actually turned up at a camp that the Japanese had run for Chinese prisoners and that the US were at the time, processing for repatriation.

A born loser? Well he was a Naval Lt Cmdr at the time he was telling me in 1978.

Another ex Army chap reckoned he was in Rabaul at the time they were executing Japanese POW's convicted of war crimes.

Apparently they used to take the bodies of the freshly executed to Rabaul hospital and x-ray the necks to ensure they were performing the execution in the most effective manner.

We weren't all sweetness and light were we?

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