08 December 2021

Pearl Harbor 80th anniversary

Surprised at myself that I let the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor go unremarked. I remember the 25th anniversary, my Japanese American gym teacher conscripted to serve as health teacher announced a pop quiz with the quip that "The Japanese strike every 25 years." Wasn't funny then, or now; but then, neither was the fact that he and his parents had been interned at Manzanar in the Owens Valley, east of the Sierra Nevada during the war that followed Pearl Harbor. A fact which I didn't know or appreciate at the time. Humans have a remarkable ability to act inhumanely towards one another, for justifications that in the end vanish like the ill winds they were. 

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