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Thu, Dec. 05

Letter: Is ERAU professor rewriting history?

Perhaps I am the only person who might have misunderstood ERAU assistant professor of history Stephanie Trombley concerning her interview in the Courier.

In the Dec. 7 Daily Courier, I read her quote regarding the Japanese attack on Pear Harbor. "For those who lived through it (the attack on Pearl Harbor), they didn't have all of the context at their disposal. To them, it was an attack on America by an evil force, an aggressive imperialist power with a flawed national character. With that guiding them, they did what they had to do."

Is Ms. Trombley suggesting that it was not an attack by an evil force and an imperialist power? What else was it? What has history taught us that would have changed the minds of those who lived through it to think that is was anything else? What has her research of history revealed that indicates Dec. 7, 1941, was not and will always be "a date which will live in infamy"?

I have a son-in-law currently serving his country as a chief in the United States Navy. When he took me to visit the memorial in Pearl Harbor where we stood looking down into the remains of the battleship USS Arizona, there was no doubt in his mind what he thought Japan was on Dec. 7, 1941.

Randy Butts


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