Before World War I I

      Although the general public had been aware of the wars in China and Japan as well as Hitlers Wiermacht (War Machine) and the (Blitzkriegs) Lightning Thrusts Through Poland and Europe We were more concerned with the problems of survival in the United States. The only knowledge the general public had of events in foreign lands was the sketchy propaganda accounts in movie news reels and brief accounts from Radio Commentators. We were Intellectually isolated from the rest of the world.

The Only view I ever had of Japan was a Country of Barefooted farmers wading in Rice paddies. The Attack on Pearl Harbor Literally blew my mind. How in Gods name could these Barefooted Farmers dare to Attack the United States.With their wood Rakes and Pitch forks. To Say the the American people were niave is the greatest understatement of the century. On December 7th 1941 I said 'They Must be crazy It can't last a month'.

WE SURE HAD A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT THE BAREFOOTED FARMERS OF JAPAN AND THE IMPERIAL MARINES THAT ALL WERE OVER 6 FEET TALL

----- Ed Braun

         unkled@iquest.net

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