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Sunday, December 04, 2011

A Day That Will LIve In Infamy. Today Is That Day For Remembrance

Video of Rosevelt's famous,  "A Day That Will Live In Infamy" Speech.

Roosevelt was pissed.  America had been attacked by Japan without being provoked.  There was righteous indignation across America and this president knew how to exploit that anger to get us off our dead asses and into the fight.

Before and After Images of the attack on Pearl Harbor

This Photo is just a teaser for what lays in store at "The Atlantic" article.
This is a terrific photo essay by the Atlantic Magazine on the attack of Pearl Harbor.  The Atlantic   If you've ever been to Hawaii and know Hawaii you'll regret not clicking on this link and seeing these spectacular photos.

Reflection and Introspection
What we have to ask ourselves, is what were we doing and saying in 1937 when the Japanese were attacking China?   What did we do when we heard of the Rape of Nanjing?  We failed.  We did nothing.   Why?  After WWI  the liberal communist press in America fanned the flames of anti capitalism and blamed our involvement in WWI on greedy capitalists.  And secondly because the liberals were in charge in America, as they are now.  Liberal's and weak knee'd Republican's like Senator Nye a "Progressive Republican" and Democrats had passed  legislation called "neutrality acts" which prevented the president of the United States and those conservatives so inclined to support the Chinese, from doing anything.  As as Nation we denied what was happening and stood idly by and did nothing.  I can't watch any movie about what happened in Nanjing or read any story without getting violently ill and ashamed of what we didn't do.   And although I pity the Japanese today for some of the hardships that have befallen them I can never forget or forgive what they did to the Chinese at Nanjing or to the USA at Pearl Harbor or to the millions of others across Asia and elsewhere during the war. For example the Bataan Death March.  One can only wonder what causes the collective insanity of a culture that becomes hell bent on the complete destruction and annihilation of millions of men, women and children.  But I think we can safely say this seeds of this insanity rest squarely with Hirohito's dream to rule the world.

Here is a heart breaking section of a film on the Rape of Nanjing.

Images of the Rape of Nanjing can be seen here.  The Emperor of Japan, Hirohito personally led this disgusting genocide against Japan and yet at the end of the war he was never brought to trial by the United States or the World Court.  He lived until 1989 and his son, Emperor Akihito, succeeded him.  Akihito can be seen here with Obama kowtowing to him.

A president with a knowledge and sense of history, and Obama has neither, would never bow to the progeny of a genocidal war criminal, especially one who refuses to admit wrongdoing or apologize for Japan's actions and crimes against China.    Because of his ignorance of world history Obama is clueless why his own gesture's and behavior might dismay the Chinese who he is trying to engender favor with.  Or is he?  Maybe this is deliberate?   Some Japan pundits think Obama is deliberately trying to provoke the Chinese.  

In the mean time Japan and China are rumored to be planning a great rapproachmont as reported in the JapanFocus.  

Obama might do well to spend a little more time focused on challenging the Muslim Brotherhood and the world wide Radical Islamist threat than the Chinese who have no history of attacking or trying to conquer anyone outside of their immediate sphere of influence. Frank Gaffney addresses the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood here.  In the same manner that Washington ignored the threat of Japanese Imperialism in 1937 they are again ignoring and under estimating the threat of radical Islam today.

Surprisingly enough there are still some Chinese who remember how the United States finally put an end to Japan's aggression by dropping the atomic bombs "Little Boy" on Hiroshima and "Fat Man" on Nagasaki.  

You can read about their memories here in a post by Chinese American Iris Chang.  Ms Chang recounts the following:

My older aunt, my dah ahiee (big aunt), is actually very small. Her wrists are the size of napkin rings, as delicate as rice paper--and the clothes we pass around in our family do not fit her slight frame. She is shy, especially in English. And during one heated family discussion on the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in a mid-peninsula Sizzler, she kept quiet. I had pointed out to her rather talkative husband that the U.S. government was still the only government that had dropped the atomic bomb on human beings. Hiroshima, I could maybe see, but Nagasaki too? At this point, my petite aunt spoke up. "I think they should have bombed the whole country!" she bellowed, and then lapsed back into silence.
It was the first time I realized how profoundly the Chinese were affected by World War II. Even then, I was not familiar with what had happened in the country of my mother's birth during the war.

In an interview Mr. Tom Hanks, the actor and cinema director once said of the American servicemen in WWII that they were racists.  Many veterans and conservatives were upset with this statement but in some respects I tend to agree with Mr. Hanks.  It took a kind of counter racism and hatred of the Japanese to defeat and annihilate the insanity that Hirohito had unleashed in his own people. This was no time for moral relativism.   I wish the reporter had been able to probe Mr. Hanks deeper on this issue.  I'd be very interested in what he really meant.  

There is a movement afoot to pressure the Japanese into making reparations, which while it may be deserved, has a prayers chance in hell of ever being granted.  A more gratifying and appropriate response would be if the American Chinese community organized an international day of thanks and gratitude to the United States of America for dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and putting a rapid end to the war.   But again, there is probably a prayer's chance in hell of that ever happening either.  We all have our dreams.  Mine would be to live in a world where America was honored, respected and gratitude given for our contributions instead of being vilified for our shortcomings.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

That is a bow, not a kowtow.