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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 2, 2011 / 3 Elul, 5771

Pearl Harbor's New ‘Vision’

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The new Multicultural, Non-Judgmental, Politically Correct, Whitewashed, Egalitarian, No-One-is-to-Blame, Kum Ba Yah, Revisionist Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum, Gift Shop, and Espresso Bar is now open to the public. Now at long last everyone on earth, including Japanese citizens, can visit the site without fear of guilt or remorse or truth getting in the way.

I waited too long. I have wanted to see and pay my respects to the Pearl Harbor memorial in Hawaii all my life and now it's too late. It's not that the memorial is not there, it's that it has undergone some, um, "improvements." The original memorial site was built over the battleship USS Arizonia which was sunk by the Japanese attack on December 7th, 1941. The new center, which opened last December 7, 2010, is on the same site but has expanded to cover several times the original area. And the story has changed somewhat as well.

Visitors will view photos depicting kimono-clad women in department stores and boarding street cars and other scenes of Japanese life during the thirties. The museum shows clips from Japanese theater newsreels, including festive scenes of Babe Ruth playing baseball during a tour. It's all about explaining what brought the Pearl Harbor bombings about. An attempt to show what drove the Japanese to attack the United States and what life was like in Japan at the time. You see, now we are telling both sides of the story, not just the American side.

Planning for the exhibits began five years ago when the park service brought in "top historians" to brainstorm what the displays should contain. The themes that emerged fit inside two halls, "Road to War" and "Attack." There's also a special courtyard dedicated to Hawaiian history. And just what does Hawaiian history have to do with the Japanese attack on American ships? Don't ask; just be happy that the Hawaiians aren't being left out.

The spokes-folks for the "new improved" memorial claim that the end result is a broader, more in-depth view of the Sunday morning attack nearly 70 years ago. The passage of time helped achieve the new vision they say. So did the efforts of Japanese pilots and American survivors to reach out to each other and overcome deeply ingrained bitterness, they also say.

Gee, I can't imagine why those grumpy American GIs would have any "bitterness" over the surprise attack. They need to just get over it, right? And excuse me, but what the hell do the Japanese pilots have to be bitter about - that they didn't hit ALL their targets?

Daniel Martinez, the park service's chief Pearl Harbor historian, said it wouldn't have been possible to include the Japanese viewpoint in any official examination of the attack when he first started working at the visitor center in the 1980s. "It was just too recent, and the wounds were still open," Martinez said. "The idea of exploration of history would have been found unsavory by some of the Pearl Harbor survivors who were still dealing with the wounds of that war."

Oh, in other words, let's wait for most of the people who were actually alive and experienced the attack to die off before we go in and "explore history" a little more. What a crock! The original memorial was a shrine to the memory of those who were killed in that bombing raid. Now with the $56 million renovation, the thing has become a rewriting of history.

Martinez said some survivors have understandably wanted to keep the exhibits as more of a shrine or memorial, as opposed to an interpretation of history. Yeah, no kidding. But he said it's important for people to grasp a more complex story. Hey Martinez, it's not important for me to try and "understand" the socio-political ramifications behind why the Japanese bombed us. The story is actually not complex at all. The Japanese deliberately conducted a sneak attack on America which killed 2,403 American lives. That's almost as many Americans as the Islamists killed with their attack on September 11, 2001.

But Martinez goes on to say, "We have to understand it. . . . and allow for those different perspectives to come in there so a broader understanding can take place." See? Non-judgmental. No right, no wrong. Just a "different perspective."

We have Jewish Holocaust museums and memorials in practically every major city in the country. When will the "top historians" decide to include the Nazi perspective? Shouldn't we try to have "a broader understanding" of what drove the Germans to do what they did? And when the 9-11 memorial is finally finished at ground zero at what used to be the Twin Towers, I wonder if the Jihadist perspective will be included. By all means, we must be fair, after all…even if it means standing history on its head and playing fast and loose with the truth.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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