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.

16 comments:

Boo said...

Zing!

Amy said...

"Yeah -- because it would really suck to have to push an 83-year-old man out of a golf cart." - and THAT sir, is my quote of the day :D

Michael J. West said...

Forgive my irreverence here...but we now know that the Iwo Jima flag photo was at least as much propaganda as it was a legitimate document of history. I'm not sure I should be offended that an icon of propaganda should be put to use as another form of propaganda.

Mike said...

Save me a spot in Hell, please.

RottweilerTOM said...

It reminds me of what my granddad used to say......

"In my time, we didn't need a car.."

Riles said...

Michael West beat me to it. The photo was already "altered", as it was recreated for propaganda's sake.

Isn't it about time people stop getting mad at magazine covers? That's a downfall of having such a huge population. There's always a few people somewhere who will get mad at anything produced. And then there's Gloria Allred & Rev. Al right there to swoop in. And in the end, they're really just making money off of the thing that offends them.

Ugh.

Stephen said...

My father fought in the Pacific Theater of WWII. He was a captain's mate on a troop transport.......

and he would have found this FUCKING HILARIOUS


pardon my language

BV said...

That picture was staged and anyone who knows anything about that picture knows that. Not that that should take away from anything those men did. The end.

Southern Fried Fatty said...

low, yes. But it made me laugh out loud. Hell is getting crowded

Anonymous said...

And -- even though I can't stand the "green" subject anymore -- the cover is magnificent.

The old farts are taking themselves too seriously and this is never a good thing.

winged unicorn said...

my dad served in WWII. i hang out with a bunch of korean war vets. none of them would pull this. THEY all have their senses of humor.
these were all men who saw active combat and are glad to be alive. well, maybe not my dad because he's been dead for 27 years, but that is beside the point! if he were alive, he'd be fine with it.

Anonymous said...

I'll defend the cranky old farts on this one...

I think three of the Marines in the picture were killed on Iwo Jima shortly after the photo was taken. The famous picture we know was posed, but the event itself did occur: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:First_Iwo_Jima_Flag_Raising.jpg
It just wasn't artfully documented.

The symbol of Iwo Jima means something different to these vets and that meaning is lost to us today. This isn't a comdemnation, just the nature of things. No one wants to see the deaths of their friends reduced to trivia even if it is inevitable.

Remember the Alamo! //c

Artemisian said...

Ahahahahaha ... good call, fair gentleman, good call. Low but unquestionably worth it.

Feisty said...

My great uncle claimed he was at the bottom of the hill when they were taking that photo. He used to talk about how staged it was and what a joke it was with all the fighting still going on all around them.

I wonder if the two vets were even there at the time. The fighting went on for quite some time

Feisty said...

However, even being staged. Those men had balls to make themselves targets at the top of a hill with fighting still going on all around them.

foolery said...

Deeply-felt anger often makes temporary asses of good people. It happens to me all the time.

Shallow anger, or flaming indignance (such as that of Al Sharpton and Gloria Allred, as mentioned above), usually exposes the ass for who he/she is, and is not at all a temporary condition. I fall into this category as well.