I first heard about the below when listening to the Mark Levin show on XM satellite radio. When I first heard the story, I was flabbergasted, even stunned. Could it be possible that Tom Hanks had let the leftist, moonbat culture of Hollywood infect his mind? Surely it couldn't be so!
So, upon hearing the story from Mark, I decided to go looking and sure enough, it was true. The story revolves around an interview that Tom Hanks did with Douglas Brinkley in Time magazine concerning his upcoming mini-series "The Pacific" detailing WWII.
Now let me start off by stating that I've always been a fan of Tom Hanks. Band of Brothers was one of the best movies I've ever seen. Saving Private Ryan ranks right up there as well. So how could a man who had made such great movies have said something so ignorant, so mind blowingly stupid, in a public interview?
The comment I'm talking about is the following:
Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as 'yellow, slant-eyed dogs' that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what's going on today?"
Really Tom? Really? Are you that much of a brain dead twit that you actually believe the words that you just said?
Quick history lesson for you Tom, we did not fight the Japanese because we thought they were "yellow slant eyed dogs who believed in different gods", we entered the fight because they attacked us at Pearl Harbor. Japan went on a campaign to capture all of China, and in doing so, chose to side with Nazi Germany. America, due to interests in the East Asia and Japan's choice to side with genocidal Nazi Germany, extended financial aid to China and imposed an oil embargo against Japan. With Japan being poor in natural resources, the oil embargo threatened Japan's survival in the war. Couple that with America's imposing pacific fleet capable of enforcing the embargo, Japan was fearful of us. It was for these reasons that General Isoroku Yamamoto decided upon a preemptive attack against the US by striking the heart of the pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor.
On December 7th 1941, at 6:00 AM, the Japanese struck America. Caught completely off-guard, America, your country, suffered a loss of 188 aircraft destroyed, 159 damaged, 21 ships sunk or critically damaged, and most importantly, 2,403 Americans dead, with another 1,178 wounded. It was THIS attack that brought America fully into WWII. It was the deaths caused by the Japanese that united the American people and sealed our unwavering commitment to victory in WWII, not that we wished to annihilate anyone different from us.
So know that you know WHY we entered the war, let us not forget about the Nazi Germany death camps, of which the Japanese were allied. Let us not forget the Bataan Death March, in which the Japanese forcibly transferred 75,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war, of which an estimated 21,000 died by the brutal hands of the Japanese imperial army, an act that was later considered a war crime. Let us not forget about the stories of torture, suicidal missions, and mistreatment of all against the Japanese that happened during this war. Yet, you, in your infinite, uneducated wisdom, feel it necessary to state that we entered this war because "they had differing gods".
On August 6th and 9th, 1945, America dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With Hiroshima being of prime military importance to the Japanese, HQ of the 2nd Army division which commanded the defense of all southern Japan, a prime communications center, storage point, and primary assembly area for dispatching of troops, the destruction of this city essentially ended WWII. While some may consider this a stain in history, it ended the most brutal war the world has ever known. It ended the tyranny and extreme disregard of life that was held by both the Japanese and Nazi Germany. It saved not only the untold number of American lives, but also the lives of our Allies, who would have continued to die at the hands of these countries had America not put an end to it.
Now to the rest of your comment, is there a semblance of familiarity between WWII and what is happening in the world today? Yes, I think there is, but not for the reasons you tried to portray.
Again, a history lesson in the war between extremist Muslims and America: April 1983, 17 killed at US embassy in Beirut. October 1983, 241 dead in attacks against US Marine barracks in Beirut. December 1983, 5 murdered at US embassy in Kuwait. January 194, President of the American University in Beirut murdered. April 1984, 18 dead near US airbase in Spain. September 1984, another 16 killed at Beirut US Embassy. December 1984, 2 killed on a plane hijacked to Tehran. August 1998, 224 dead at US embassies in Kenya & Tanzania. 17 soldiers killed on the USS Cole in Yemen in October 2000. October 1999, 217 passengers killed on EgyptAir flight near NYC. 1982 - 1991, 30 hostages taken in Lebanon with Terry Anderson (one of your fellow citizens) held for 2,454 days. December 1988 270 killed in the bombing of Pan-Am 747 near Lockerbie Scotland. Lastly, September 11th, 2001 over 2,981 American citizens were murdered by 19 terroristic Islamic extremists, surpassing Pearl Harbor in death toll.
This is not even a complete listing of all of the attacks directed towards America by Islamic extremists. The 9/11 Commission Report stated that America had been at war for sometime, so the attacks of 9/11, while shocking, should not have been surprising. If you wish to know more about the attacks against YOUR country, maybe you should direct your "reading frenzy" to the commission report I linked above.
So yes, you are correct. There are people that are targeting, killing, and murdering people because they are different and do not follow the same beliefs; however, those people are not Americans, but Muslim extremists. We are now in a war, entered into because of unprovoked attacks against our country, not the other way around. Finally, America has awoken to the threat to it's safety by a murderous regime and has stepped up to protect its citizens, much like what happened in 1941. It should be noted though, that the reasons for finally entering that war are ones of safety, not because a group of people "worship different gods". Our country stood by long enough, and we lost too many of our brethren, before we took that stand.
So now that you have been properly educated, I wish to tell you that you are a blithering moron not worthy of your status as a star. I am amazed by the ability of the America hating, liberal cesspool that is Hollywood to affect all that enter. To me, you now join the ranks of others such as Janeane Garofalo, Jane Fonda, Michael Moore, and Barbara Streisand. You are undeserving of my time, my money, or my respect. You are an actor, nothing more. You should be ashamed of the fact that the very people that you speak out against are the ones that make your stardom possible. You should be ashamed of yourself. The soldiers that fought in WWII, and now in the Middle East, give their lives so that you may have the right to spew such moronic, biased drivel. Rather than discounting their sacrifices, I suggest you drop to your knees and thank them for their loyalty to this country and your safety and beg their forgiveness.