Friday, April 18, 2008
Angry Letters from Iwo Jima
My father fought in Vietnam, so it pains me to have to say this, but -- Iwo Jima vets need to shut the hell up.
It seems that a group of the guys who took Iwo Jima are now slamming Time magazine for its new cover, which features a take on the legendary photo of the American flag being raised over the Japanese island. The story inside looks at the "War on Global Warming" (because, as you know, subtlety is king in today's media).
While choosing to screw with such an iconic image probably wasn't the wisest idea, the reaction of the vets, who insist that "whoever did this is going to hell, that's a mortal sin, to stick a tree in place of a flag on the Iwo Jima picture is just sacrilegious," and "that global warming is the biggest joke I've ever known, we'll stick a dadgum tree up somebody's rear," is equally fucking stupid (although my grandfather will be thrilled to know that he's not the only old man on Earth using the term "dadgum").
It's one thing to rightly defend a truly monumental event in U.S. history from the whims of a cleverly ironic board of magazine editors, but it's another thing entirely to then up the irony yourself by dismissing the importance of an issue you don't know a damn thing about, nor do you care to investigate. No offense, but it makes it seem as if you fought in the Pacific for nothing more than the right to ignore anything you don't understand. Behold, the Fox News Channel's prime demographic.
These guys were some of the strongest, most honorable people this country ever produced; even at their age, they should act like it.
Instead, they make ridiculous pronouncements like "God forbid (Time's editor) runs into a Marine that was an Iwo Jima survivor."
Yeah -- because it would really suck to have to push an 83-year-old man out of a golf cart.
Okay, so that was low.