For some reason, I find this particular event, sponsored by Vectron’s Dayton Air Show, a bit disturbing. I seldom get agitated by certain things, but this is just wrong.
The THE GREAT WALL OF FIRE states:
The reenactment is intended to help generations of individuals throughout the world born after World War II understand that the United States chose this action to achieve a Japanese surrender, preventing even more casualties on both sides should the war have continued.
What if anti-USA organizations in the Mideast produced an educational exploration of why 9/11 was such an outstanding feat? Would we find this disturbing? Most certainly.
Why should THE GREAT WALL OF FIRE be considered something educational? I was born after WWII, and I studied about the end of WWII (which actually consisted of two bombs being dropped – the brochure mentions the first, but not the second), and I know my sons read about the atomic bombs from WWII. Why is this event marked so vital to the education of those born after WWII?
Is the event truly to educate, or is it to justify?
If this is intended for education, why don’t they bring in victims/survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to serve as a panel to educate the audience further? Or would this spoil the need to justify?
The Enola Gay was, for a brief time, exhibited in The Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. After outcries from various organizations, especially, the American Legion, it was removed. It is currently at Washington Dulles International Airport in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.