The Pacific – Curious Perspective

First a disclaimer of sorts;  Douglas Brinkley who wrote the Tom Hanks’  Time Magazine profile cited elsewhere here wrote the hagiography Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War.

Both John Nolte at Big Hollywood and Allahpundit at Hot Air have weighed in by citing:

[Hanks] doesn’t see the series as simply eye-opening history. He hopes it offers Americans a chance to ponder the sacrifices of our current soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. “From the outset, we wanted to make people wonder how our troops can re-enter society in the first place,” Hanks says. “How could they just pick up their lives and get on with the rest of us? Back in World War II, 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. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?”

There’s no such thing as a definitive history. But what was once a passing interest for Hanks has become an obsession. He’s a man on a mission to make our back pages come alive, to keep overhauling the history we know and, in the process, get us to understand not just the past but the choices we make today.

As far as I can find Hanks hasn’t offered any clarification or correction subsequent to the publication of the profile. I was going to get HBO turned on to watch the thing, now I’m a bit concerned.

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