This isn't a true historical series. More like a soap opera production with some interesting, and gratuitously gory, battle scenes thrown in. (You'd think every Marine was issued with a pair of pliers to extract the gold dental work of dead Japanese soldiers.) There's a definite anti-war spin to the series, and the suggestion that American soldiers were as brutal as those of the Japanese Imperial Army.
Are you Kidding? This is it? The long-awaited series on the Pacific War that was supposed to be a bookend to "A Band of Brothers"? It looks as though Mr. Murphy was right after all: "If anything can go wrong, it will." For just about everything that could went wrong with this series.
This isn't a true historical series. More like a soap opera production with some interesting, and gratuitously gory, battle scenes thrown in. (You'd think every Marine was issued with a pair of pliers to extract the gold dental work of dead Japanese soldiers.) There's a definite anti-war spin to the series, and the suggestion that American soldiers were as brutal as those of the Japanese Imperial Army. There was, for example, a scene in which a Marine is using a dead Japanese soldier as a pin cushion with his bayonet, as if this was the moral equivalent to the Nanking atrocities.
(The Nanking massacre was was not an isolated incident. One statistic tells us all we need to know about Japanese savagery and the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere": approximately 40 million Chinese/Asian civilians died as a result of Japanese militarism and rapine and pillage of the Japanese Imperial Army.)
Unlike "A Band of Brothers," the producers decided to make this series a statement about the personal lives of three soldiers, derived from their letters and diaries (like there's not enough third-rate melodrama already available on TV?). So, Guadalcanal is viewed from the perspective the "Battle of Henderson Field" and Chesty Puller rather than the "Battle of Edson's Ridge," a patch of real estate defended by Colonel Edson and his Raider Battalion, considered by both American and Japanese strategists to have been the most decisive battle of the Guadalcanal campaign and possibly of the entire Pacific War.
Battles in which Marine battalions defeated regimental strength Japanese forces were typical of the Guadalcanal campaign, revealed in the final casualty toll of 5 to 1. This lopsided statistic was due to superior fire power and tactics: Japanese mass banzai attacks, frontal assaults and infiltration with rifle companies, which were effective against the Chinese army, amounted to pure suicide against seasoned Marines with automatic weapons. But the true enemies of the Japanese Imperial Army were the malarial jungles of the Solomons the deadly accuracy of the Dauntless SBD dive bombers that sank nine Japanese troop ships.
The inevitable comparison with BoB is revealing. BoB was a reasonably accurate dramatization of historical fact. In contrast, "The Pacific" is dominated by a subtext: a surfeit of gore, an atmosphere of moral ambiguity and moral equivalence (e.g. repeated scenes of American brutality and the noble dedication of the Japanese soldier), a breathtaking indifference to historical fact and the strategic picture. There are, for example, the obligatory scenes displaying photos a dead Japanese soldier's family. (Yes, we know these obedient Japanese soldiers came from good families -- just like the Americans! -- the very families that raised them to murder hundreds of thousands of Chinese and Asian civilians in the name of their emperor, a war criminal with a hunger for conquest.) Indeed, the critics of this shoddy, lurid and sensationalized production, who say it is a insult to the military, are not far off the mark.
That said, the battle scenes are riveting (if not entirely factual). Battlefield vérit' in which you can actually hear the sound of shrapnel hitting a soldier's canteen, is Spielberg's strength; coherent narrative and convincing dialog are not. The problem here is historical authenticity and a fundamental lack of seriousness. Victory in the Pacific was an amazing story of U.S. persistence, bravery and the military genius of men like Colonel Merritt Edson, General Alexander Vandegrift and Admiral Ernest King. Dumbing down the action to the personal level does a disservice not only to the men who fought these battles, but to the intelligence of American viewers. Alas! Who said Hollywood was dead?
The ease with which the Obama administration obscured responsibility for the Benghazi tragedy and the casual acceptance of the contrived cover story by the press and by the American people signal a significant transfer of influence from the public forum to the secret chambers of the state.
Pericles - "we do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all." Obama: ""If You've Got a Business -- You Didn't Build That! Somebody Else Made That Happen.""
Charles Krauthammer, suggested that Roberts resorted to this semantic legerdemain to avoid politicizing the Court and weakening its prestige. But the Court and America have weathered more violent partisan storms than those of the current climate: just read some of the broadsides in newspapers written one hundred to two hundred years ago. To my knowledge, no Congressmen have been caned to within an inch of their lives in the well of the Senate (though, no doubt, some have deserved it), and no cabinet secretaries killed in duels in the past 100 years. A good rule of thumb: follow the law and let the chips fall where they may.
The point in providing these videos on behalf of the Clarion Project is to hopefully assist in getting the word out that the extreme liberal progressive ideology does not represent REALITY when dealing with the politically motivated fundamentalist Islamist plan.
Despite all the hysterical accusations made by the sociopathic ideologues, the reality is that REAL everyday Muslims who have left their homelands to settle in democracy loving western lands DON’T WANT to be controlled by Islamists. They more than anyone else know what living under Islamic (theocratic) political and social control means.
Politically Correct Ideologues are people who become so trapped inside fundamentalist thinking, that they lose contact with the real world and see nothing other than their ideology. In short, they are totally focussed on what is inside their own heads, which is why I constantly refer to such people as ‘sociopathic.’
In China, the rights of society take precedence over individual human rights. This, we Westerners call totalitarianism and from an ideological perspective, desire to destroy it right? But ask yourself this: “What does MY country promote?”
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]