Bentley calls for apology Pearl Harbor anniversary cited

November 23, 1991|By Rafael Alvarez

Weeks before the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Representative Helen Delich Bentley says it's time for an apology.

Yesterday, the 2nd District Republican congresswoman introduced a resolution calling for the Japanese government to "formally apologize on or before Dec. 7, 1991, to the widows, parents, children and other survivors and to the people of the United States."

Mrs. Bentley said her research shows that Japan has given similar apologies to China and other Asian countries for aggression during World War II, but never to the United States.

"Recently the press has indicated that Japan will rewrite its history books by omitting its Sunday morning attack on our fleet," Mrs. Bentley said of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. "Therefore, Japan is no longer acknowledging responsibility for this act that resulted in more than 2,400 deaths and innumerable military and civilian casualties."

Mrs. Bentley has in the past waged her own war against Japan. She used a sledgehammer to smash a Toshiba radio outside the Capitol, and described Japan's economic policies toward America as "an invasion."

If the resolution is passed, the United States will deliver a request for an apology to the Japanese ambassador.

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