The ordeal of Omaha Beach
Difficult but mandatory reading, to understand the cost of liberty. The ending is exactly correct. Films like "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers" captured this quality of leadership perfectly.
"In his 2004 Wall Street Journal column “Too much, too late,” Professor David Gelernter expressed his revulsion over “the tidal wave of phoniness” that he detected in the celebration of “the greatest generation” by the boomer crowd. As a remedy for the phoniness he detected, Professor Gelernter prescribed teaching to our children the major battles of the war, the bestiality of the Japanese, the attitude of the intellectuals, and the memoirs and recollections of the veterans.
Complying with Professor Gelernter’s prescription, I have been working through Rick Atkinson’s brilliant Liberation Trilogy. Last year I read the late Dartmouth English Professor Harold Bond’s moving Return to Cassino."
Gelernter's prescription is correct, the Japanese conduct was bestial, and they need to come clean about it, first to themselves, and their children, and then through apology, to the rest of the world and especially the peoples injured. The intellectuals, and politicians actions and writings, whether in hiding the horrors of socialism, or antisemitism were deplorable, and we should come clean about this to ourselves and our children, and finally, we should require our children read and understand what actually happened, the horrors, the bravery, the tragedy, and the pathetic reasons for it all.
First Wave at Omaha Beach