Saturday, March 19, 2005

Revisionist History

I am watching the history channel and they are giving a very patronizing view of the kamikaze pilots during the battle of Okinawa. Rather than saying what they were - murderers - the history channel has decided to describe them as some sort of heroes. They have spent at least 15 minutes lionizing these bastards. Unbelievable. No mention of how intoxicated they were, or how they were being used by a criminal, brutal regime to try to get the USA to sue for peace.

I wonder how the families of our sailors and aviators that were on those ships feel about this translation of events. Fathers not coming home, husbands never to be able to have families. Sons not being able to work the farm anymore.

For a much better translation (read: factual) of how the events of the Battle of Okinawa and the kamikazes affected us and still affect us today, read Victor Davis Hansons excellent book, Ripples of Battle.

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