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This Book Is About The Pacific Theater During WWII.
Tom Hanks Made A Highly Inflammatory Remark, About The People Who Fought The Japanese During WWII. You Can Read About It Here On Hot Air:
Tom Hanks on WWII: We wanted to annihilate the Japanese because they were “different”
Mr Ambrose, seems to be better at choosing his words, than Mr Hanks, when commenting on the War in the Pacific against the Japanese, during WWII. The Pacific - The series being aired on HBO, begins this Sunday.
My Father fought in the Philippines during WWII, and I don't recognize Mr Hank's description of the reason my Father was fighting the Japanese. My Father, and his two older brothers, and a sister, who served as an Army nurse, enlisted to fight Naked Japanese Aggression - Imperialism. I don't know who Mr Hanks thinks he is describing with his Generalized Blanket Statement? I hardly believe that Mr Hanks asked each, and every person who fought in the Pacific during WWII, and their families, of their motivations. Mr Hanks description of why we fought, does not represent my father or his siblings. I won't be bothering to watch anything Mr Hanks is producing now or in the future. It's a very poor historian who applies current mores' on previous generation's morals from the past. Mr Hanks likes to make generalized blanket statements to $hump$ a series, about the war in the Pacific, which many Americans sacrificed, and died for, in service to their country. One of my Father's older brothers is still alive. Does Mr Hanks think that these men and women, have never shared their experiences in the Pacific -what happened to them during the war, with their families? I suppose suggesting in a generalized blanket statement - a sound bite, that the people who fought in the Pacific were racist, works in Hollywood. If that was Mr Hanks, idea of promoting his "series" to the American pubic, he failed miserably with me.
I have blogged about my Father, and his Military Service HERE.
UPDATE: Is Tom Hanks Unhinged? This is a very good response to Hanks' statement. Victor Davis Hanson, March 11th, 2010 5:38 pm, Pajamas Media.
Much has been written of the recent Tom Hanks remarks to Douglas Brinkley in a Time magazine interview about his upcoming HBO series on World War II in the Pacific. Here is the explosive excerpt that is making the rounds today.
Hanks “Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow, slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?”
The Response: 2) How would Hanks explain the brutal Pacific wars between Japanese and Chinese, Japanese and Koreans, Japanese and Filipinos, and Japanese and Pacific Islanders, in which not hundreds of thousands perished, but many millions? In each of these theaters, the United States was allied with Asians against an Asian Japan, whose racially-hyped “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere,” aimed at freeing supposedly kindred Asians from European and white imperialism, flopped at its inauguration (primarily because of high-handed Japanese feelings of superiority and entitlement, which, in their emphasis on racial purity, were antithetical to the allied democracies, but quite in tune with kindred Axis power, Nazi Germany.)Despite Hanks’ efforts at moral equivalence in making the U.S. and Japan kindred in their hatreds, America was attacked first, and its democratic system was both antithetical to the Japan of 1941, and capable of continual moral evolution in a way impossible under Gen. Tojo and his cadre. It is quite shameful to reduce that fundamental difference into a “they…us” 50/50 polarity. Indeed, the most disturbing phrase of all was Hanks’ suggestion that the Japanese wished to “kill” us, while we in turn wanted to “annihilate” them. Keep Reading HERE.