In the fantasy world of right wing pundits like Bill O’Reilly, the war in the Pacific during WWII had nothing to do with racism, it was simply Western nations engaged in a food fight with the Japanese empire. He was furious at comments made by Tom Hanks who stated the presence of racist factors in the Pacific conflict which resembled racism in modern times as exemplified by the war in Iraq. Hanks stated what anyone alive in the 1940s felt by saying: “Back in WWII, 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.” He then got into trouble with right wing media ranters by adding, “does this sound familiar with what is going on today?
It is clear that Bill O’Reilly knows as much about the war in the Pacific as he does about the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. The words spoken by Tom Hanks were on the lips and in the hearts of all Americans during the war. The only correction one might make to his statement is we never said, “Japanese,” we said, “Japs.”
The ultimate ignorant comment of Bill O’Reilly was, “why does Hanks want to inject racism into two wars, Japan and the war on terror where racism certainly doesn’t exist.” Really, Reilly, then explain why 5,000 Muslims in America were arrested after 9/11? Racism was the reason 120,000 Japanese Americans were sent to camps even though most were American citizens. Can the O’Reilly factor provide examples in which American citizens were imprisoned–some German aliens were sent to camps.
Another storm in a teacup by conservative idiots.