Last night, I watched Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades on my local PBS station. It was excellent and quite moving. In one part of the film, they interviewed a Japanese survivor and, through a translator, he said the following:
I was rescued by an American who showed no animosity towards me. I was his enemy but he saved me. I wonder if a Japanese soldier would have done the same for a wounded American. I don’t think so. I think if the situation were reversed, a Japanese soldier would have left his enemy to die. The American fighting man was unique. There is something about their national character that makes them merciful. . . . I wish to thank them in person. ~ Tsuruji Akikusa, Radioman, Imperial Japanese ArmyI would argue that the uniqueness of "the American fighting man" and our national character is part of American Exceptionalism. Very closely related to that character and AE is our Judeo-Christian founding. That Japanese soldier owes his life to not only the American who saved him, but to the culture and heritage that produced that soldier.
I would further argue that the enemies of AE are purposely destroying the character that saved that Japanese soldier.
"When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." ~ Proverbs 16:7
If case you missed it, you can watch the complete episode here.