By Kyle | March 12, 2010
Tom Hanks says the war against Japan was one of “racism and terror.” True, the Japanese were racists and terrorists. I have no problem with that. They were in many ways even more inhuman than the Nazis. The Kamikazees were classic suicide terrorists. And the entire island nation appeared willing to commit suicide by continuing to fight — up until the second Bomb dropped and saved an immense number of Japanese and American lives. Absent the Bomb, we of course would have been forced to blockade Honshu until it starved. Who knows how long surrender would have taken under such slow-drip circumstances?
Hanks loses me when he disparages the US mission during the island-hopping campaign as simply being to “kill them all” and ties that to today’s war on terror — “is there anything new under the sun?” Er, what? Does Hanks think the War on Terror is about killing all Muslims? Or is he saying the Muslims want to kill all Christians, as indeed the Koran invites them to do? Could it be that Hanks thinks it is the US that deployed “racism and terror” in the cause of defeating an enemy that attacked us? Hanks, it seems to me, is having a very hard time of it. He is genuinely interested in US history and yet when he reads about the heroism, the moral authority and the sacrifice something shorts out in his soggy liberal mind.