Sunday, May 07, 2006

Did We Give Up When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor?

Scott Johnson of Powerline has written a much needed piece on Iran this morning. It includes not only a sobering assessment of the situation by a longtime Iranian activist interviewed by Jerusalem Post editor David Horowitz but the piece also notes the review of Mark Bowden’s new book Guests Of The Ayatollah in the Washington Post Book World. The book review opens by noting Iranian Islamofacist Massoumeh Ebtekar's rant to world leaders in Davos Switzerland. The review then goes back in time to recount Ms. Ebtekar’s haranguing of the American hostages who were held by Iran in 1979 and 1980. Back then she was simply known as Screaming Mary. The Post’s review includes this choice paragraph:

At one point in Mark Bowden's riveting new book, Guests of the Ayatollah, Ebtekar browbeats a CIA agent named William J. Daugherty over "the inhuman, racist decision" to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After Daugherty shoots back that the Japanese started the war at Pearl Harbor, Ebtekar looks confused. "Pearl Harbor? Where's Pearl Harbor?" she asks. Hawaii, she is told. Her reply, after a moment of confused silence: "The Japanese bombed Hawaii?"

One would need the sense of humor of a Samuel Clemens to make that one up.

Update: The title of this post refers to a line by the late great John Belushi who played “Bluto” Blutarsky in the comedy Animal House.


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