Thank you so much for sending us your comments about your Dad and his fellow soldiers’ experiences during the Battle of Hong Kong and the aftermath from 1941-1945. It is an important part of history which is seldom even mentioned.
I will go study the website “Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association.” Thanks again for you and your colleagues’s efforts throughout all these years.
My Dad returned to Canada after the war but many did not return. The numbers are: out Of the 1,975 who went over, at the end of the war there were 550 dead (290 died in the battle and another 260 died in the prison camps). This makes for a very high casualty rate. Those who survived and returned home were never the same. They had physical scars as well as emotional scars. Many died young.
If you would like further information, please check out our website about the Battle of Hong Kong and the nearly 4 years as POW’s. There you will find:
the history of the battle & the POW years, statistics, info and pictures of the Hong Kong Veterans Memorial Wall in Ottawa, Canada, a teachers zone, a list of books, personal accounts & diaries, coming events plus lots of other information you may find interesting.
The website of the “Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association” was developed and is kept up-to-date by some of the the children of the Veterans and can be found at:
An excellent article.
I am concerned about the global warming and its effect on the earth, too.
So I monitored the earth’s temperature from the following link.
It appeared that the Earth’s temperate has risen to the peak in 2016
and started to fall since then. At the same time, China is pushing for the Electric Vehicles which don’t pollute. Tesla’a cars are also EVs.
China also is gradually replacing coal-based power plants with natural
gas and nuclear power plants.
So there are movements to reduce the pollution and hopefully, their efforts
will cool down the Earth.
Thanks for your comments. Even if we set aside differences of opinions on policies, a political leader should not constantly lie and distort facts, and make false accusations against others. Yes, there are many issues facing the American society that people may have very different opinions. But distorting facts and making outright lies about himself and others should not be how the president of the U.S. behaves and runs the country.
Nice to hear from you again. I always valued our conversations. I still think of you whenever I hear the song “Cats in the Cradle.”
With regard to your analysis, there are many times that Trump’s statements make me cringe and I wish I could help him get his facts, thoughts, and words better organized. There were also better-spoken candidates that I would have voted for. But you fail to understand several key points:
1 – There is a sizable portion of our Country that wants a strong (benevolent) country that has the rule of law respected. This extends to having an orderly, well planned and systematic immigration system. We do not have this today. (Perhaps Canada comes close to it.) They also want a fair tariff system. That portion of our Country strongly supports President Trump.
2 – Many of those supporters do not trust the news media. Up until the last week, I thought they were being paranoid, but I have now changed my mind. For example, in the past week I saw Gail King of CBS News (and others) very clearly editorialize during the main news segment. Those comments might have been perfectly appropriate for an Editorial segment (with equal time for other views), but they were carried in the main part of the main news hour. I am now thinking that what I thought was paranoia of the far right may have had some basis in fact. (FYI – I do not watch FOX.)
I think that the liberal side of the Country definitely has some basis to distrust President Trump (as I do Hillary Clinton, who was never mentioned in your analysis). But they are really missing something important when they become content believing that is the only (or even the major part of the) problem. Once you get outside the big cities there is an electorate that believes that the Country is headed in the wrong direction.
P.S. – I don’t want you to think that I automatically favor one party over the other in all things. For example, I much prefer Elizbeth Warren’s calls for more banking control over the current Republican approach. The same goes for many other issues such as the environment.