The day before the one that will live in infamy

If you are of a certain age, you will recognize this passage from a press release issued Friday by the Japanese consulate in Atlanta as proof that time — and new disasters — heal most wounds:

During the month of December, 196 Japanese embassies and consulates around the world will celebrate Japan’s national holiday, the birthday of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Akihito, who will turn 78 on December 23, 2011. The Consulate General of Japan will hold its reception on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan.

Governor Nathan Deal, who was one of the first Georgians to sign the Book of Condolences at the Consulate following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and Georgia Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), first sponsor of Senate Resolution 397, which extended sympathies and encouragement to Japan, will be in attendance to receive words of gratitude from Consul General Takuji Hanatani.

Dec. 7, of course, is the 70th anniversary of a certain day at Pearl Harbor. And there was a time, not too long ago, that an American politician dared not keep such an appointment on the day before.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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15 comments Add your comment


December 2nd, 2011
4:38 pm

Different times.

The grandchildren of WWII politicians are mostly now in power – such generational changes wash away most of the past. Japan is a thriving, open Democratic non-militaristic ally. Same goes for our country concerning slavery, civil rights, women’s suffrage, USSR, and even Vietnam. Other vestiges like N. Korea still cling to failed politics.


December 2nd, 2011
5:01 pm

Thank goodness our elected officials are not living in the past.


December 2nd, 2011
5:11 pm

I like Josh McKoon receiving more good press. That kid is going to be a statewide player in the future.


December 2nd, 2011
5:20 pm

But it does remind us of all those who serve or have served our country in the military…Thank You!

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

December 2nd, 2011
6:04 pm

Does time really heal all wounds? Considering that many (not all) Southerners still haven’t gotten over losing the Civil War, I wonder………

Last Man Standing

December 2nd, 2011
6:14 pm

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day. The overall death toll reached 2403, including 68 civilians, and 1178 injured. The people killed and injured at Pearl Harbor have earned their place in history and richly deserve to be remembered.


December 2nd, 2011
6:49 pm

Southern hillbillies don’t know when the war is over


December 2nd, 2011
7:37 pm

Billy please tell us.


December 2nd, 2011
8:43 pm

Amen LMS. The sad part of your statement is we have a large part of our population that do not remember or refuse to learn from history when it comes to 911.


December 2nd, 2011
9:21 pm

I am glad we are at peace with Japan. They are allies and friends. At the same time, it’s foolish to gloss over the reality of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In the same way, many of the events of our history continue to inform our thinking without keeping us prisioner to old emnities and long past injuries.

Sonny LIED!

December 2nd, 2011
9:41 pm

I LIED and everyone including Galloway still knows it.

Ancient One

December 2nd, 2011
10:15 pm

This is Mrs. Norman Main @6.04p;

This is coming from one who is no doube much older than the majority of you who write on these blogs and I can tell you that this son of the South had a Great-Grandfather that was alive when I was but a small boy and he was (unfortunately) filled with hate for the North an still licked his wounds from that loss till the day he died.

I can also tell you that a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps and a good education taught me to get away and stay away from prejudices and hatred and I thank God every day that I can dislike but have NEVER overtly (or in my heart) ever hated.
The old south you can’t seem to shake off is yesterday, madam, and there’s no changing it. BUT: there is a tomorrow and for that we shoud be eternally grateful.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 3rd, 2011
12:05 am

The “Pearl Harbor” we should all be focussed on is the new one committed by Bush and Cheney on September 11, 2001, abetted by PNAC Netanyahu’s false Jews of Mossad.

Col. George Nelson, USAF Ret., says no Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon, and “pools of molten steel” took “months to cool” at the World Trade Center, whose pulverized dust residue has been determined to contain a high-tech explosive, nanothermite.

Google “Biden nanothermite” to see the reaction our VP had when confronted by the scientifically determined truth of Bush’s and Cheney’s treason.

I charge all Veterans and military sworn to The Oath: Our Nation is in peril. You swore on your lives to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC!


December 4th, 2011
11:17 am

Not me, I only buy Allied goods. I won’t even buy French products when the Germans have bought the parent company. Remember the Japanese trapped White women and children and imprisoned them in conditions that promised that the mothers would watch their children starving yet vomiting and suffering from the runs and ringworm. JG Ballard NEVER got over his childhood spent in the Japanese camp. Eric Liddell and Amelia Earhart would certainly tell us if they could that a leopard doesn’t change his spots nor does he spawn a lamb.


December 5th, 2011
8:50 pm