Irate Japanese are still demanding a full court martial, but
Scott Waddle is breathing easier after a US military court decided not to
press criminal charges against him. Nine Japanese drowned in a collision between his
submarine and a Japanese
fishing trawler when he came up for air just a little too quickly.
Apparently the state-of-the-art military sonar equipment on the US submarine
couldn't detect a noisy fishing trawler immediately above them. Maybe if they
had just stopped talking and listened.
Many Japanese are convinced that this is a belated revenge by the US Navy for
the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The theory is that nuking two
Japanese cities didn't satisfy the US blood lust. Any educated person knows
that it had less to do with revenge than scientific experimentation. The
Japanese use the same excuse for slaughtering thousands of endangered whales
A more likely theory is that Waddle was simply confused because the sonar's
instruction manual was written in Japlish.