A great post by Citizen Tom.
A fitting tribute to Shinzo Abe, by all accounts a great man, and to America.
No man is flawless and therefore no nation can ever be flawless. When we forget this eternal truth it is easy to see only the flaws and overlook the greatness in a man or in a nation.
Tom’s post shows why Abe was a great man and the greatness of America in the magnanimous way it treated an enemy that was defeated in a war which was fought extremely viciously on both sides.
The USS Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 (from here)
I first ran this post in 2016, WAS IT ABOUT TOLERANCE? NO. IT WAS ABOUT FORGIVENESS. Unfortunately, Shinzo Abe, once the Prime Minister of Japan, is now dead. Therefore, various public figures are honoring him, Trump, Biden, Obama pay tribute to murdered ex-Japan PM Shinzo Abe. Since I think Abe’s own words speak far better of him than anything I could say, I think it best to repeat this post. So, here it is.
Today I heard a great speech when Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, spoke at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Prime Minister’s words should strike a chord deep within the heart of every American. The Prime Minister’s words should recall to us the example set by those generations who fought World War II.
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