Marco Polo Bridge
What really happened on the night of July 7, 1937, at the Marco Polo
Bridge (Rokokyo) outside Beijing? That a clash there between Japanese
troops and China's Nationalist army sparked a full-scale invasion of China
is not in dispute.
What historians 70 years later can't agree on though is who started it.
In Japan revisionists blame China's communists for provoking the fight
as part of a plot to embroil Japan and the Kuomintang government in an
exhausting fight. The Chinese communists insist that Japan engineered
the incident as an excuse to attack China.
What is clear is that the aftermath of the Marco Polo incident went
beyond China. Japan's subsequent push south toward Indochina prompted
U.S. economic sanctions that led to the Pearl Harbor attack. By
diverting its military away from Siberia Japan a few years later allowed
Stalin to reinforce his western front and check the advance of Hitler's
Undisclosed materials are now being opened. Incovenient Truth should not be hidden in the secret archives of the totaliatarian society. The days of Comintern is gone but there seems to have remained a dark cloud which is still producing strong winds and turbulences to stop the excavation of the hidden truths.