I've seen a lot of people on Facebook saying things along the lines of "Screw the Japanese, this is what they get for Pearl Harbor."
Those people have been de-friended, but I felt I should add more...
Pearl Harbor (7 December, 1941) was seventy years ago. The average life expectancy for men in Japan is about 75. So basically, a Japanese man alive at the beginning of WWII, was five. How much respinsibility should they bear for the sins of their fathers?
Second, they surrendered. They surrendered to us. WWII is over, has been for 65 years, and they are our staunchest ally in the Pacific Rim, not counting Taiwan, which has its own self-serving reasons to really want our friendship (like a billion screamin' chinamen right off their coast.)
Third, these are PEOPLE. Not just a number, not just a statistic. These are living, breathing people, many of them children. What kind of nation are we, if, even despite our own economic troubles, don't offer to help those in the most dire of situations in any way we can? If that is the nation we would become, it's not a nation I would want to support and defend.
Finally, part of being the greatest nation in the world, in the history of the world, comes from our willingness to help those who suffer terrible tragedy.
And of course, there is a way you can help:
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