I just don’t get it.
We get the east and west coast network feeds, and yesterday evening every news broadcast had long, drawn out, stories about it being the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon, the former Beatle, who was murdered in New York City in 1980.
They also had a lot of coverage of the death yesterday of Elizabeth Edwards, a lady with a lot of class and grace who had the misfortune to be married to a sleaze ball like politician John Edwards.
Yet, I only heard one 30 second mention of the deaths of the 2,335 American servicemen and 68 civilians who were killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 69 years ago yesterday. Why is that? What does that say about our values and priorities as a nation?
Is it because Pearl Harbor is “ancient history” to so many people these days? Is it because those seamen, soldiers, and civilians didn’t have “glamour” roles in life, like rock musicians and politician’s wives?
Please don’t get me wrong, I think John Lennon was a great musician. Probably one of the greatest of my generation. And Elizabeth was much, much more than a “politician’s wife.” She was a successful attorney in her own right, an advocate for those facing serious health issues, and I daresay that without her at his side, John Edwards wouldn’t have had nearly the opportunities that he had, and blew, in his career.
But what about those sailors, soldiers, and civilians who died at Pearl Harbor? Each and every one of them was somebody’s son, or father, or brother. Each and every one of them was a human being whose lives were snuffed out on a wild morning of insanity and bloodlust. Over 2,400 lives, gone forever. Don’t they deserve more than a brief mention too? I’m sorry, just don’t get it.
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