Anti-American, anti-military propaganda aimed at the United States’ actions in the Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars, not to mention scores of lesser conflicts and issues involving our armed forces, is nothing new. But all but the craziest of the anti-war types usually take pains to acknowledge that using force isn’t always wrong, with World War II being the ultimate consensus example of a just, necessary war on the Allies’ part.
Sickeningly, the National Endowment for the Humanities apparently thinks differently, according to one of Sean Hannity’s latest reports. It seems the agency sponsored a summer conference in Hawaii called “History and Commemoration: The Legacies of the Pacific War,” which was really nothing more than an “anti-American pep rally that targeted our US military”—funded by your tax dollars.
One presenter specifically wrote about turning down a job offer when he realized that his office would overlook a fleet of U.S. Naval warships, “the symbol of American power and the symbol of our [Hawaiians'] dispossession…I decided they could not pay me enough”…
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor should be seen from the perspective of Japan being a victim of western oppression (one speaker likened the attack to 9-11, saying that the U.S. could be seen as “both victim and aggressor” in both attacks); that American “imperial expansion” forced Japan’s hand: “For the Japanese, it was a war to defend their unique culture against Western Imperialism.”
Those misguided members of the WWII generation on islands like Guam and Saipan who feel gratitude to the Americans for saving them from the Japanese are blinded by propaganda supporting “the image of a compassionate America” or by their own advanced age. One author/presenter questioned whether the Americans had saved anyone from anything (Camacho 177, 209), arguing that the Americans could be seen as easily and justifiably as “conquerors and invaders” (199).