Remember what Americans did on Iwo Jima
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#1 Feb 20, 2007
Thank you for your comments on this. I was mystified as to why "flags of our fathers" was suddenly missing from the local theaters. It lasted about two weeks. All of a sudden "letters" was everywhere....What is it about the sympathy for our enemies that we see today in hollywood? Next we'll see how letters from the Germans in WWII were full of how we might love our neighbors better. We used to be the people who never stopped until the job was done, no matter what. That was our strength. When we started something we finished it too. People respected that. Now we are seen, I'm afraid, as the nation who talks tough but will lose heart and quit before we will follow through to the bitter end. Very dangerous when you are the self proclaimed "only" superpower.
Keep up the good work. Really enjoyed your article. Thanks!
#2 Feb 20, 2007
The next hollywood shot will be about the 200,000 victims of the "racist" atomic bombs
(originally designed for Germany)dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.....which by the way ended the war and saved countless lives. The only people who have the proper perspective are the brave boys (like my dad) who had endured 5 years of war and sacrifice and were waiting for their next battle. To a man they all breathed a sigh of relief that the war had ended....Period!
#3 Feb 20, 2007
Polls show that seventy per cent of Americans want us out of Iraq. The loss of 3,000 U.S. lives, over four years, is TOO much. People forget (or, in some cases, don't know) that in World War II, we lost 7,000 troops, IN ONE MONTH (!) on a tiny, little Pacific island atoll called Iwo Jima, then we gave the island BACK to the Japanese after the war.
The World War II generation has been called, "The Greatest Generation."
It survived the Great Depression, and it survived what Archie Bunker used to call, "The Big One" (World War II).
My, God, WHAT have we become, today?
Whiners, complainers, cynics.
We have this feeling of entitlement, today.
I thought after 9/11, Americans would grow a tougher bark. Just the opposite occurred: We've become weak, defensive (especially from criticism from abroad) and pacifistic.
I served in the Vietnam Theatre of war, not on the island of Iwo Jima, but on the larger island Of Okinawa. Pretty soon, we'll have an anniversary for THAT bloodbath, as well. When I was there, the machine gun turrets were still in place - and believe it, or not - but there were STILL Japanese soldiers in the jungle, throwing rocks at passing planes, overhead. NOBODY told 'em, the war was over, and if somebody DID, they wouldn't believe 'em!
So, yes, the anniversary of Iwo Jima is definitely on my mind, today.
#6 Feb 22, 2007
First of all, the Japanese don't bow down to the rising sun. But, your drivel should point out that in each war, it is the young men of any nation that has had to fight out the failed politics of the older generation. Honoring the fighting men on either side is not a matter decided with a simplistic label of PC or not-PC. A couple of years ago, Mel Gibson made a great Vietnam War movie that also honored the Vietnamese soldier.
#7 Feb 22, 2007
Letters was everywhere. Boxofficemojo.com has Letters at 651 theatres around the nation at its peak. That is not everywhere. That is only a sixth of the wide release of Ghost Rider. The men on both sides of the war that fought should be honored. It is the governments that implement the war that should be demonized.
#9 Feb 23, 2007
Dear Mr. Pinkerton:
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
Thank you for your column about Clint Eastwood's commercially motivated leftward bent that was published in the Charlottesville, VA "Daily Progress" 2-22-2007.
Eastwood's sympathetic/romantic portrayal of Japanese is far from much of the truth.
After "Flags of Our Fathers", Eastwood should have read another of James Bradley's books, the well-documented "Flyboys".
In "Flyboys", Mr. Bradley recounted brutish, sadistic and criminal behavior by Japanese officers. Most civilizations would consider cannibalism as a repulsive act to be entered into only as a last desperate measure to avoid starvation. However, some Japanese officers ate parts of the bodies of disarmed American POWs solely for the enjoyment. In the vicinity of Iwo Jima and during the time frame of "Letters from Iwo Jima", high-ranking Japanese officers ordered the ritual slaughter of non-threatening American POWs so that the officers could savor the eating of the American warriors' internal organs, principally livers.
The Japanese, as a people, have struggled to purge the perverted cultish imperial ideology that culminated in WWII from their psyche. Eastwood's glorification of this period does not help in their recovery.
#10 Feb 25, 2007
does anyone have a forwarding address to Sean Penn? as I have the greatest story of 'injustice' for Mr. Penn to take hold of...it's NOT political, but rather Sport and the politics that goe with sporting greats.
This story is in fact "the greatest story" in British Sporting history for most FEARED, CHEATED & EXPLOITED athlete...here are a couple links re the man & his story - now recognized as an All-time Boxing great, World Boxing Hall of Fame, Oct 14th. 06 just past, only the 6th British fighter in history to know the honour, in spite of what the 'bastards' did to him all those years ago!
please get this to Mr. Penn if possible,
#12 Mar 2, 2007
There’s so much specious bile in this hamfisted hatchet job on Eastwood and his films that it’s hard to know where to begin.
Perhaps the most glaring error is the description of Eastwood’s 'Mystic River' as “a curiously sympathetic portrait of a child-murderer”.
Pinkerton either hasn’t seen the film, or is being just plain malicious, because that movie actually portrays a troubled man who is MISTAKENLY SUSPECTED of being a child-murderer.
Pinkerton goes on to label Eastwood’s 'Million Dollar Baby' as a “tribute to euthanasia.” By the end of this shabby diatribe, I wouldn’t have been surprised to read that 'The Bridges of Madison County' is a “tribute to adultery”.
#13 May 24, 2007
JarH obviously didnt read all of Flyboys or he would have read that there were also acts of compassion and caring done by the Japanese towards the Flyboys on Iwo Jima.
The problem with Letters From Iwo Jima, and the same thing is wrong with Flags of Our Fathers, is that by only telling each movie he takes away the conflict from the storie. But I dont know if the two stories could have been combined into one without losing too much.
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