On this Memorial Day, I started watching the 1974 British epic documentary, The World at War (thanks to this Instapundit post). One major thing I learned from the first episode is that Germany prepared for its early invasions by creating narratives of persecution about its intended targets, setting itself up as a liberator, and thus creating an environment where an apathetic world could capitulate to Germany’s political agenda.
Wow, good thing nothing like that happens anymore.
Gather around, children. It’s story time.
Once upon a time, a young man was doing construction work on an island in the Pacific when the Japanese attacked and, after a long standoff that has been called the “Alamo of the Pacific,” captured everyone on the island. Our hero spent the next three and a half years in a prisoner of war camp during World War II.
His ingenuity allowed him to survive and even flourish during those grueling years. One day, his Japanese captors were transporting him from one coastal Chinese prison camp to another, via train, when he decided to escape. He managed to get past defenses and slip out a window, jumping into the night. For weeks afterward, he skirted through the wilderness, until Chinese communists captured him…and helped him get back home. When he made it to an American base, he met a young Chinese revolutionary named Mao Zedong. After returning to the States, he would go on to become a stake president in the LDS Church, and the mayor of North Las Vegas, as well as being awarded high honors by the government and being featured on a special on the History Channel.
This is a true story, and it’s related in Rescued By Mao. Continue reading