Sunday, February 17, 2013

A New Perspective...

"It takes twenty years or more of peace to make a man;
it takes only twenty seconds of war to destroy him."
Baudouin I, King of Belgium

An interesting thought about war...while it was directed at the
vulnerability of the soldier in combat, it can aptly be applied to
those interred here at Manzanar.

A new perspective of the watchtower at Manzanar.

Linking to...


  1. love this perspective. :) Like the lines and the color of the wood.

  2. Love the perspective and think you may be right in your musings Chieftess, unfortunately paranoia is a human trait that will be around forever unfortunately, sometimes I think we are the only creatures that don't learn from our mistakes...deep huh! Haha!

  3. Thanks NatureFootstep!!!

    Scary thought PerthDP!!!

  4. «Louis» always enjoys geometrical shots like this. His normal subject matter rarely offers the opportunity to capture neat angles like you did here.

  5. I know what you mean << Louis >>!!! This is rather unique to the Eastern Sierras!!!

  6. The photo, and your thoughts, make me think of my parents, particularly my mother, and her friend who was with her family at a camp in Idaho. Mother told me stories of visiting. Let's just not do this sort of thing again.

  7. Manzanare... Not a part of America's history to be proud of, that's for sure...

    There's never been a more patriotic group of immigrants than the Japanese Americans. Most of the people sent to those camps were "Nisei" or second generation Japanese who were born in America. Ironically, the most decorated military unit in not only world war 2, but in american history was the 442nd Infantry Regiment. Except for it's officers, this unit was made up ENTIRELY of Japanese volunteers. During the war over 14,000 Japanese Americans served in this unit (not all at the same time). They received thousands of battlefield decorations. That is a staggering number. Included in these decorations were TWENTY THREE Medals of Honor.

    Here is one of the saddest and most embarrassing facts about the history of this great country. Of the 14,000 or so Japanese that served in this unit, almost TEN THOUSAND of them were wounded and received Purple Hearts, with many of those soldiers being wounded more than once. All of this was happening while their families were prisoners in internment camps "back home." Just Amazing...

    Sorry about the long comment. This is obviously a subject that I'm pretty passionate about.

  8. I agree Petrea!

    It is an amazing tangent of our history of WWII, Pat... and like Petrea said, "Let's just not do this sort of thing again."