The interrogator asked Papa what he thought of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. What was Papa's response? 

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Papa's response to the interrogator reveals his complex approach in a time period where simplicity was being advanced.  The interrogator fails to understand Papa's intricate relationship to both Japan and the United States.  Papa's own thoughtfulness is where he ends up feeling the most betrayed from a nation to which he pledged absolute obedience, only to be repaid with suspicion and a lack of reciprocity.

Papa's response to the interrogator reflects his thoughtful nature.  He displays a sense of sadness for both the United States and Japan.   Papa makes the argument that what Japan will now endure will be as sad, if not more, than what the United States experienced with Pearl Harbor.  The interrogator operates from a simplistic condition.  He expects full repudiation, quick answers that affirm America and negate all else.  Papa gives a complex and thought- provoking answer to a complex issue.  His answer reveals the intertwining consciousness that Papa lives. He is loyal to America, yet he understands that the costs of war will impact everyone.  Japanese and American alike will suffer.  Papa's response reflects that he supports America, but grasps the human costs of war.  Given the simplistic condition that dominated the interrogator's mindset and the patriotic fervor that war brings, Papa gives an answer that marginalizes his voice more.  A complex thinker in a time period that sought simplicity is where Papa finds himself at odds with the America of Japanese internment, and something that is revealed in his answers to the interrogator about Pearl Harbor.

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