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Expecting someone to personally empathize with an event that took place 75-years ago, who doesn’t have a personal stake tied to that event,  would take an extraordinary individual with a remarkable sense of understanding and compassion, and  frankly press secretary Josh Earnest certainly doesn’t seem like someone who would possess that unique capacity.

Moreover in all fairness to Earnest, one would imagine that most individuals are not emotionally or personally invested to the horrific events of December 7th, 1941, other than its historical significance, in that the attack on Pearl Harbor marked the start of WWII.

However not personally empathizing with a tragic event that took place so long ago, is one thing, however to actually display a course, almost dismissive attitude to those individuals who suffered terribly that day, by actually telling those few survivors still around, they’re “personally embittered” is simply stunning at the callous indifference displayed by Earnest.

His comment was in response to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s impending visit to Pearl Harbor, announced on Monday.

The visit will mark the first time a Japanese leader will visit the Hawaiian Navel Station, since that infamous Sunday morning of 1941, when Imperial Japan without warning or provocation attacked America’s Pacific Fleet.

The sneak attack lasted less than 1 ½ hours and claimed the lives of 2, 402, with 1998 navy personnel. 109-Marines, 233-Army personnel plus 48-civilians, with an estimated 1,282 wounded.

The attack began at 7:55 on the morning of December 7th with the code message “TORA, TORA, TORA.”

The visit to Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Prime Minister was in response to President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, the site of America dropping the first atomic bomb that finally convinced Japan to surrender

Earnest’s thoughtless remark came about when a reporter asked about the Prime Minister’s refusing to apologize for the sneak attack stating; “If I were a World War II veteran who was drafted by the United States military to go and fight for our country overseas in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, I might feel quite embittered,” and I think it would be a perfectly natural and understandable human reaction to not be particularly satisfied with the words of the Japanese Prime Minister.”

However what Earnest and no doubt the White House conveniently omit is that the Japanese began the willful attack and carnage at Pearl Harbor, while dropping the atomic bomb finally ended the carnage that the Japanese began at Pearl Harbor.

Source: The Blaze

 
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