Pa’i ki’i Imagery

June 20, 2009


The North Koreans have been in the news a lot recently. What with launching some missiles, withdrawing from the Armistice they signed to end the Korean War.  Now they want to add to our July fireworks by firing a missile towards Hawaii.  Since there’s not much I can do about it, I’m not going to get too excited.  If I were in charge, I’d simply tell the North Koreans I’ve got some bunker busting bombs with Kim Jung-il’s name on them.  Which will get delivered if any missile came within a thousand miles of Hawaii, Alaska or any other part of U.S. territory.

As a result of this the Pentagon has sent out the sea based X Band Radar that has been sitting in Pearl Harbor docked at Ford Island.  Its been getting work done on it for the past few months.  In January I visited the Utah Memorial.  It’s an out of site – out of mind place because it’s on the opposite side of Ford Island from the Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri.  The radar built on top of a twin-hulled oil-drilling platform was tied up at a dock next to the Utah Memorial.  I’m sure those who work on the radar couldn’t help but consider the juxtaposition of the rusting hulk of a Navy Battleship destroyed for want of an early warning system. 



 USS Utah


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