Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Weeping Again for Amelia Earhart
I am in tears about the fate of Amelia Earhart in the new theory offered by The History Channel in a documentary to be aired on Sunday, July 9.
Crashing and dying in an accident is at least quick and perhaps even painless, but being captured as World War II began and then held in prison for years is worse.
The new documentary to air on Sunday provides evidence that she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may have been captured by the Japanese after her plane went down on July 2, 1937.
For such an active person to be confined, unjustly, must have been very hard.
Now we must consider her death not a tragic accident but the result of war, of human cruelty.
And Noonan's death as well.
She has long been a symbol of achievement for women--now she is also a symbol of men's injustice dashing the hopes of a woman--once again.
I think of my mother, eight years old when Earhart went missing. I think of my grandmother, just two years older than Earhart
So many mothers and daughters and fathers and sons pondered over and grieved the disappearance of Earhart and Noonan, but now we know there is a link between her disappearance and Pearl Harbor. She was probably not shot down, but Japan's nationalism and ambition fueled both losses.
Had news of her captivity been released, perhaps the US would have entered the war earlier.
See the preview of Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence using this link: