Letters to the Editor 6-28-19

Howard Zinn strikes again


Mr. Tomes’ article about his encounter with the nefarious military industrial complex whilst visiting the memorial site at Pearl Harbor read like a paraphrased book report from an enthusiastic undergraduate, breathlessly reporting on the “revelations” about America laid bare in Zinn’s seminal volume A People’s History of the United States. While this book was universally panned by historians as fanciful and nakedly political in its falsehoods, with even Zinn himself admitting to embellishing heavily in order to achieve “better” sociopolitical outcomes, it’s central theme of American avarice and racism being the cause of all things wrong in all situations worldwide rang clearly through in Mr. Tomes’ article. The fact that he found the whole notion of the memorial, its rules of courtesy and decency, and its general posture toward the dead and the war in which they died, extremely distasteful is not subtle.

As a veteran of some of the most vicious close combat of the Iraq War, you would have to spread your net wide to find someone less enthusiastic about war than I. And I will leave it to others to take Mr. Tomes to the intellectual woodshed for his perverse and retrograde scribblings on the topic. While I absolutely understand one’s leeriness at hallowing any war as righteous, if I disagree with anything in the general purport of Tomes article beyond the factual inaccuracies, it is the general poor attitude toward the dead he was literally standing above. Mr. Tomes, the rules that govern courteous behavior in hallowed places are there to remind people with poor notions of reverence, manners and bearing the behavior that is expected of them there. Keeping your phone in your pocket on other men’s graves is strictly a matter of class. Perhaps your phone could Google some now.

Joshua J. Fonzi



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