reply to post by llpoolej
That's a valid question, and it deserves an answer.
Part of me, even though I was born 22 years after those events at Pearl Harbour, feels anger; what does my fathers generation, who fought that war
feel, even today? And the Japanese? I can't speak for the Japanese, or for most of my fathers generation, I can be forgiven I think, for attempting
to read my fathers mind on the subject.
My father was 18 in 1941. He had grown to adulthood during the Great Depression on a farm in the Yakima Valley, his father was county sheriff for a
goodly portion of the 30's and 40's.
He immediately volunteered, and joined the US Army Air Corp. After a very brief basic training, he was off to the Pacific Theatre. His war took him
across the central Pacific, Guam, Saipan, and a couple of other spots where he had close encounters with the Japanese military, other young men just
like him. I know he harbours deep seated animosity towards the Japanese people, though that has mellowed remarkably over the past few years.
Several years ago, my family went to Hawaii, my father for the first time since 1942. We went to the Arizona Memorial one fine gorgeous morning, and
were reading the names on the memorial...my father stepped away and walked over to the railing and was gazing out across the water, yards and years
away from us, my oldest sister, whom we were visiting asked him what he was seeing...
"I'm thinking the last time I was here, they were still pulling guys out of here, and other ships." You could hear the anger, 40 yrs. later, still
Needless to say, that put a damper on the rest of the trip to the Memorial...
The generation of Japanese who survived the war, must, at least to some degree or other, feel exactly like my father did, and does...some anger, some
shame, and a certain sense that we learned absolutely nothing from it. The greatest generation, both sides, fought and died in the greatest conflict
our world has ever known...and they must wonder, did those that followed us, learn nothing?
I don't know if I've answered your question or not; I think I have, but ultimately, you'll decide...