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  •  my father-in-law... (24+ / 0-)

    served in europe and didn't have enough points to go home. he knew he was destined to go to the asian theater. he's always said that the bomb was harry's birthday present to him. i can not imagine what hell he went through as well as the hell your father went through. may they have peace and comfort in their days left.
    tung sol

    There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.--Oscar Levant

    by tung sol on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:30:24 AM PST

    •  One eyewitness told his story to me... (7+ / 0-)

      "It was a Sunday. We were getting ready for church. There were planes flying low overhead, and I looked outside and looked up and saw the rising sun on the planes. I heard explosions, and said, 'you damned Japs.' We were at war."

      By the time that war was over, that Honolulu teenager would have volunteered to serve his country and ended up losing his arm in one of the final battles of the War. Decades later, he would receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery.

      He now serves his nation as Hawaii's Senior Senator, Daniel Inouye. He is a proud American, and proud of his heritage, and yet his first words upon realizing Hawaii was under attack were "you damned Japs."

      I will never understand war, nor will I understand what it does to people.

      •  I wrote my doctoral diss (0+ / 0-)

        on the visual remembering of Pearl Harbor. (UH-Manoa, 2004).

        So much was hidden, censored and not talked about in WWII, it is hard to separate the reality from the artifacts.

        The local WWII museum has a 'Stage canteen' with a singing group called the 'Victory Belles.'  They pretend that mixed race groups were permitted.

        The mythology built around the attack is deeply religious, hierarchical and helped make redemptive violence American foreign policy.

        The attack failed because the primary target - aircraft carriers - were out to sea.  The destruction of the battleship fleet allowed the new carriers to become the main warfighting platform, leading to victory at Midway and Coral Sea.

        Director John Ford's Catholic immigrant viewpoint became the visual common memory of America.

        The Disney film was an attempt to recreate the attack as a religious American martyrdom a la John Ford.  That's (in part) why it was such a bad film.

        The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage laborers. - The Communist Manifesto

        by nolagrl on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:48:20 AM PST

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        •  I would posit that Frank Capra's viewpoint... (0+ / 0-)

          ...of the prelude to war, as well as the attack, which were incorporated into his "Why We Fight" series, became the visual common memory of those who lived through the war.

          Those of us born after the war have been more influenced by John Ford and others.

          Our parents and grandparents saw it more through Capra's eyes, in my humble opinion.

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