One of the most brilliant minds on the Right, Victor Davis Hanson, takes Tom Hanks to task for his recent comments about our involvement in WWII:
Much has been written of the recent Tom Hanks remarks to Douglas Brinkley in a Time magazine interview about his upcoming HBO series on World War II in the Pacific. Here is the explosive excerpt that is making the rounds today.
“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?”
Hanks may not have been quoted correctly; and his remarks may have been impromptu and poorly expressed; and we should give due consideration to the tremendous support Hanks has given in the past both to veterans and to commemoration of World War II; and his new HBO series could well be a fine bookend to Band of Brothers. All that said, Hanks’ comments were sadly infantile pop philosophizing offered by, well, an ignoramus.
Hanks thinks he is trying to explain the multifaceted Pacific theater in terms of a war brought on by and fought through racial animosity. That is ludicrous.
VDH goes on to offer five different points as a rebuttal to Hanks’ statement. I’m fascinated by how much I learn from him every time he writes a column, and and his work really should be read by everyone on the Left and Right.
(Btw, I’m a big fan of Tom Hanks, and I have no doubt that his new HBO series is going to be excellent. It just saddens me when great actors like himself make political statements that make no sense.)
Man, Hollywood’s on a roll this week, isn’t it?