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Taking stupidity to an art form

I caught part of a show on the history channel today. Here is the synopsis from the website:

In 1944, Japanese 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda was sent to the Philippine island of Lubang to carry out guerrilla operations. He would spend the next 30 years isolated in the jungle with a diminishing band of men. In spite of attempts by Americans, Filipinos, Japanese, and members of his family to convince him that the war was over, he did not finally surrender until 1974. Onoda speaks exclusively about his ordeal, and what emerges is a story of endurance, stubbornness, and unwavering belief in his country.

What a fucking moron. On the show they basically tracked this idiot's 30 year trek in the jungle with a band of a couple dozen men which eventually shrank to just him. I refuse to believe that this guy was so stupid that he couldn't recognize the truth that the war was over after a while. I didn't get to see the whole show and only caught bits and pieces but I think I know why he stayed out there for so long. At one point he was saying how during the rain they would sit on one another's laps in order to keep warm. Ya, I'm sure they would bounce up and down too, but only for the added heat from friction. It was proably his own private fire island.

While on this island they apparently terorrized the villagers, killing quite a few over the years and robbing them for supplies. He never faced justice for this as he was granted a pardon for all crimes. Feh. I can understand the justification that it was war, but I think that excuse sort of wears thin after the war has ended for 20 years or so.
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