Just kidding! Of COURSE, Google didn’t honor it. Today, June 6, is the anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy, and it could legitimately be argued that the event, D-Day, is the most significant event in all world history from the standpoint of freedom from tyranny. Many such key freedom events have happened before; Jews might think of Masada or the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and Christians might point to the Resurrection (not honored by Google, either), although I’m not focused on spiritual events at the moment. By most important “freedom from tyranny” event, I mean that the Normandy invasion was the one critical, precarious and unlikely event that had to happen in order for the Axis Powers’ domination of the world to be averted. At the time, in 1944, there was a very real threat that the entire world would be trampled by absolute totalitarian darkness. It was avoided, but quite possibly, it was only because the invasion worked. That was no little thing.
Here’s how Google commemorates it. Their doodle today reminds the world that the first drive-in theater opened in New Jersey on this date. Why not honor today because Tamil was established as an official classical language in India in 2004? I know a few Tamil speakers, one of whom reads this blog and uses Google a lot. Hi Shal! At least that might be worthy of bumping D-Day once in a decade or two. This seems like even worse neglect than Memorial Day last week, when the Monday doodle had a microscopic flag placed somewhere on the page. Or so I was told; I didn’t really see it. But that’s probably only because they had their artists all tied up preparing for May 30th, when the Fabergé eggs got a nice hommage in honor of old man Fabergé’s birthday. That was nice.
Hey, I get that they have a right to honor whomever they wish. The dude who owns the Empire State Building gets to honor Communist China and snub Mother Theresa. That’s cool. Those red and yellow lights were so pretty anyway. But what disturbs me the most is the feeling I get about Google’s apparently pacifistic philosophy that seems to ooze from their choices. By celebrating little things and ignoring world-altering freedom events, are they trying to promote the modern myth that nothing good is accomplished using violence? Because it sure looks that way. Look at the blue and white Google doodle that recently shocked everyone by honoring Israel’s 64th birthday. It was shocking that they honored Israel at all, which was good, but the doodle, of course, was very pacifistic. Almost painfully so. By ignoring D-Day most conspicuously, I suspect that they are trying hard to ignore one of the most glowing proofs that the pacifist myth is false, that violence dealt by the selfless and the virtuous is essential to righting the most grievous wrongs. That’s a politically incorrect statement, but on the anniversary of D-Day, the most important freedom event in the world, in which not even any controversial atomic bombs were dropped, and in which brave men faced down Nazi machine guns, splashing their blood all over the beaches of France, it should be the easiest and most obvious time to make that un-PC statement, even for the most brain-dead, or the most soul-dead.