Tom Hanks asked about "racism and terror" comment

March 12, 2010


Veronica, March 12, 2010

Great Job Tommy You stood up yourself and I am happy for you.

ray, March 16, 2010

I am a fan of Tom but I have to say it is easy to tag it as racism because we are a world of differnet nations and cultures so ofcourse its easy to tag it as racist...most wars are between different cultures and to say racism is the driving force is a little over the top...You also need to consider we didnt ask to be bombed in WW2 or in Sept...We simply took action dont see how that is racist but we all have different views...anyway love the work you do....

me, April 26, 2016

Tom, you've done great work but you're just wrong here. America was an isolationist country in the 1930s. Most Americans hadn't formed an opinion of the Japanese. By contrast, Japan had invaded Manchuria in 1932 and was seeking to conquer all of Asia. In 1940 along with Hitler and Mussolini, Japan signed the Tripartite Pact (Sept. 27, 1940), which pledged Germany, Italy, and Japan “to assist one another with all political, economic and military means” when any one of them was attacked by “a Power at present not involved in the European War or in the Sino-Japanese Conflict” (i.e., the Soviet Union or the United States). This pact was signed just as Japan invaded French Indochina (Vietnam), essentially telling the US that any US aid sent to Indochina would constitute war against three nations (Germany, Italy, and Japan). America tried to negotiate peace, but only fourteen months later Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7, 1941, killing or wounding 3649 American citizens. Don't see how racism enters into it.