V-J Day Time

V-J Day [vee-jay]  noun. August 15, 1945, the day on which the Allies announced the surrender of Japanese forces, effectively ending World War II. Victory over Japan Day.

Why have we allowed ourselves to forget these days in our history?  I hear over and over that “history repeats itself” and that “we must know our past, presently, to know our future”.  So why does our country – our people, our media, our president – want to ignore V-J day, ignore Pearl Harbor, ignore 9/11, ignore the fall of the Berlin wall, ignore Memorial Day (with exception of the BBQ) and so on.

What exactly are we trying to forget?

Are we afraid that the rumors are true?  That history does repeat itself?  Maybe we’re afraid that we are facing times reminiscent of World Wars, nuclear threats, mass murder, genocide, or true, in your face, real Evil.

Maybe our enemies have a little too much in common with the actions and plans and tactics of Hitler, Stalin, and Hirohito.

So hold yourself accountable.  Because no one else is going to remind you – they’re counting on that you’ll forget.

Victory Over Japan Day
V-J Day. God Bless America

2 thoughts on “V-J Day Time

  1. Frances, it simply can not be denied that the U.S.F.G. does a very good job inspiring fear among the citizens of the United States. The fear that sprouted from 9/11 resulted in the Iraq war (which may have humanitarian benefits, but the link between 9/11 was weak according to the 9/11 commission report). Now I am not saying that we, as Americans, shouldn’t fear terrorism and evil, but there must be a balance.

    Niccolo Machiavelli (one of my favorite philosopher) theorized that if a government could successfully maintain fear within it’s citizenship the powers of the government would increase greatly. Is that not what is occurring? There are a bunch of examples ranging from the Iraq war to the recent health care reform.

    I don’t believe that as Americans we are ignoring past historical events, rather we are controlling our fear (this is of course an assumption). As Americans we ought to realize that our history is full of terrible events, but we must not allow fear of the “historical repetition” control our policy decisions.

    Fear is not a good thing. Observance and understanding are.


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