When my ATW mate David, on other posts, writes of the sinister and seemingly successful efforts of SinnFein/IRA to either rewrite the history of ‘The Troubles’/a murder- and torture-filled campaign to destroy the legitimate rule of law in Northen Ireland, or to diminish almost to invisibility the trauma of the killings; the destruction of property and the barbaric methods used by the military wing of SinnFein, he is not imagining things.
The revisionists are also not alone. With the likes of Tony Blair successfully rehabilitated into a vision of respectability, behind which he just gets richer, and the forthcoming revelations of Gordon Brown that not only did he single-handedly rescue the world, he is still loved by his devoted followers, we see the re-writing of history almost every day.
Professor Penelope Blake, a veteran professor of Humanities at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois is also a witness to the ruthless and systematic revision of recent history by those who profess to know the ‘truth’ about history, and about how it should be both written and pictured. The National Endowment for the Humanities sponsored a workshop for college professors at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii. The title of the conference was “History and Commemoration: The Legacies of the Pacific War.”
In amongst the ‘scholarly presentations’ and required reading handed to the participants were papers headed with such titles as
- “The U.S. military and its veterans constitute an imperialistic, oppressive force which has created and perpetuated its own mythology of liberation and heroism, insisting on a “pristine collective memory” of the war’
as well as
- ‘The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor should be seen from the perspective of Japan being a victim of western oppression’.
The professor stated “As a daughter of two WWII veterans and the niece of a man who gave his life to help defend his country in WWII, I simply will not stand by and allow their history to be usurped and corrupted by a revisionist and iconoclastic political agenda within academe.”
Good on You, Lady!