Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pearl Harbor Day

Seventy two years ago today, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on an American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The attack killed over 2300 Americans and brought the United States into the war as a belligerent. Until that time, we had provided aid to the Allies through boycotts and provision of materials.

The attack and subsequent war also brought the United States onto the world stage as a much more active participant both diplomatically and politically.


CW said...

The destruction people bring upon one another is really amazing when you think about it.

RightDetour said...

And recalling the end of WWII, the destruction people indirectly bring upon themselves is equally amazing.

I do not know much about the war in the Pacific, I do recall one observation in one book about the war. The Japanese made meticulous plans for this attack and executed them almost flawlessly. (Their only failure--lack of intelligence about the fact that American aircraft carriers were at see, not at their base in Honolulu. This enabled the US to engage the enemy immediately. If the Japanese had sunk or crippled the carriers, our war effort would have been set back a couple of years.)

Japan's leaders, however, never considered the "end game." They knew that if the Pearl Harbor attack was successful, it would give them a free hand in Asia and the Pacific. They never really considered the consequences they would have to face once America's industrial might and technological expertise came into play. By 1945, they knew.