My friend Harold Stephens writes about the situation in Thailand from his home in Bangkok. In part:
Our mind does strange things. It cuts out the traumatic experiences we had, or if it didn’t we might go mad. After the Pacific War we learned to survive by not thinking about it, and not talking about it. We let it pass.
The day after this past Christmas the horrors of the past came back. In a fleeting second the Battle of Okinawa was raging again.