Not to take away from this victim of war but I took part of your story and added a new twist to it. What do you think?
“When I became conscious, it was a dead base.” The college students in the room are silent as young sailor stands in front of them. It looks as though he wears light pink lipstick but that’s a lip balm to ease the pain. Up close, the scars around his mouth, neck and hands are clearly visible.
The morning Japanese pilots dropped bombs on his base called Pearl Harbor, 72 years ago, this sailor was 17. It was the first day off and he was going to Sunday school, and he and his shipmates were out on the street. “It was beautiful blue sky,” he says. “I looked at the sky, the airplane I saw, and I told my shipmates next to me, ‘Look. That plane is so pretty.’”
“I saw things dropping,” he says, referring most likely to the bombs and torpedoes, which were dropped by Japanese war planes. “Next, a very strong wind knocked me down. Then, I black out.”
With a third of his body burned, he spent the next five days drifting in and out of consciousness in a school dormitory because the hospitals were full with other wounded and he was not expected to live, repeating his name and serial number and asking for a drink of water.
A group of American citizens, horrified by the unprovoked sneak attack and bombing of a U.S. base America declared war on the Empire of Japan.
Ok I’ll stop there. You see there are two sides to every story. We wont go into the Bataan Death March, the beheadings of US service men and citizens of the Philippines, forced labor camps or the massive rape and killings committed in China by the Empire of Japan.
“Why is America still making nuclear weapons?” It’s so other peaceful nations of the world will never have to suffer the crimes committed by the Empire of Japan or Adolf Hitler’s Germany during World War Two.
I do want to add that I believe war should only be a last resort and it’s never the fix all answer. I find your articles to be very bias and anti American. I wonder why you live here if you hate America so badly. You do realize these men and woman died for your freedoms. Is this the best you can do in there honor?
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