You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #42: The memory of Pearl Harbor was also subsumed into a much larger memory matrix of WWII [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
RZM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 02:02 PM
Response to Original message
42. The memory of Pearl Harbor was also subsumed into a much larger memory matrix of WWII
Granted, that has happened to some degree with 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but those are very small conflicts compared to WWII (at least from the American POV). From 1941-1945, the entire nation was mobilized for war and a large percentage of the adult population either served in the military or in sectors of the economy re-jiggered for the war effort. It was 'total war' and thus has defined the memory of those years. 9/11 changed a lot of things, but it has not led to total war.

Also, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan (especially Iraq), weren't entirely about the legacy of 9/11 either. The US had already waged war against Saddam once and the leftover tensions meant that another conflict there was never out of the question - sanctions and on and off bombing continued all the way until the second Iraq war in 2003. The 2003 war was probably as much the sequel to 1991 as it was a direct consequence of 9/11.

On a related note, there's the issue of victims. A good percentage of Americans lost in the 'war on terror' (or whatever you want to call it) died on 9/11, including most of the civilian victims. Pearl Harbor, on the other hand, represented a small percentage of military dead from 1941-1945.

Other posters have already pointed out other differences having to do with television and the civilian/military targets and the fact that Pearl Harbor was several generations ago.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC