On August 14, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied forces as a direct result of the United States having dropped 2 atomic bombs on Japan.

After Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Corregidor, Bataan and the Death March.  After Midway, Guadalcanal, Makin Island, Cape Gloucester and the Solomons.  After New Georgia, Bouganville, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan, Tinian and Peleliu.  And finally after Guam. Leyte, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the flight of the Enola Gay, Japan surrendered unconditionally to the armed forces of the United States of America.

Then, after 3 1/2 long and bloody years, all our heros who fought in that war returned to their moms and dads; to their wives and sweethearts; to their kids to their schools and their jobs.  They raised their families, paid their taxes, became good citizens and joined religious, veteran and other service organizations that provided benefits to others.

Then gradually, like a bad dream, memories of the buddies they lost and the atrocities committed by the hated Japanese enemy faded while thinking about better times, family, friends, home and job took its place. The bloody past, and a bitter Japanese foe, became but a memory.

And then - as the 50th anniversary year of the end of that great war approached, memories were rekindled as America's cultural elite history revisionists went to work. America and Her veterans were beginning to be proclaimed "The Bad Guys," as more and more the revisionists sought to only have the bombing of Japan remembered in history.  And the Japanese, we learned, had yet to apologize for what they did to humanity.  In fact we discovered their history books had been re-written leaving most of Japan's involvement in that war out.

Over 4 million Japanese signed petitions - not to apologize for their forefather's actions while  America's history revisionists were planning an apology to Japan, to be displayed in our nation's capitol, for the "inhuman" act of dropping the bombs.  An Enola Gay exhibit including over 50 photographs of America's inhumanity at Hiroshima were to be shown at the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC, along with only 3 photos of past Japanese atrocities.

[Thank God because of the efforts of our service organizations, no photos or revisionist explanation now shows up in that exhibit - but also no reason of what led up to our bombing Japan is displayed either.]

And then came the apologies as our Ambassador to Japan, Walter Mondale, spoke in Tokyo and apologized for the bombings.  He apologized for America and America's veterans while not receiving an apology from the aggressor. 

Then the postal department was told to cancel a depiction of the atom bomb on its World War II postage stamps because it would insult the Japanese people.

A plaque, commemorating the men who built the bridge on the river Kwai, was not allowed in most cemeteries of the World War II zone, and only after much fuss was it finally allowed in the Punch Bowl in Hawaii -- but only after the inscription was changed so it wouldn't insult the Japanese visitors who, after all, had not been informed of their nation's WWII atrocities.

And then, to add insult to injury, an ABC TV, "Peter Jenning's Report"  on July 27th, 1995 highlighted "our atrocities" and was absolutely indignant about America's veterans actions which had prevented "the real truth" from being displayed in the Smithsonian.

Man's inhumanity to man, the Japanese Imperial Army and their rape of Nanking; their use of 200,000 (mostly) Korean Comfort Women; their killing of babies; human experimentation and use of human beings for bayonet practice is been removed from history by the revisionists; in favor of "The effects of dropping the bomb."  Pearl Harbor, the Phillipines; Wake Island and the Bataan Death March are to be replaced, if the revisionists have their way, by America's inhumanity to man.

America's veterans who, as President Clinton said, "saved the free world" are being made to feel -- the bad guys in this 50th anniversary year -- probably the year of their last hurrah.  These Americans who gave their lives; gave their limbs; gave their minds; and gave of themselves to defend the World and America's freedom.  They gave, as the movie said: "The Best Years of our Lives" so that others might enjoy the freedom that they cherished so greatly.

As I write this, I am reminded again of the speech delivered by Colonel Richard A. Van Sickle as he quoted Air Force Chaplain, Major John Almond, as the Major reminded his audience of a tiny cemetery across the sea, in the Himalayas, where there is a grave marker that reads:  WHEN YOU GO HOME, TELL THEM OF US AND SAY, WE GAVE ALL OUR TOMORROW'S THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE TODAY!

And then I wonder if giving all of their tomorrow's was not in vain if the revisionists have their way -- especially as I now am reminded of the mass that is about to be played for America's victims by the Minnesota Orchestra titled "Requiem Hiroshima," without any mention of the events and atrocities that led up to the necessity of the bomb being dropped.

And then I think, if the revisionists have their way, that the gravestones of America's veterans would state not "Here Lies Another Who Gave of Himself to Keep the World Free," but rather "Here lies another of the "Bad Guys," who destroyed and wrecked the lives of the defenseless during World War II.

Let us not allow those, who would damage our hero's names, to do so - but instead let us honor them by not allowing the changing of history.  Let us instead -  fight this revisionist movement to our dying days.

Kale Danberg
Brooklyn Park, MN
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