Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sunday Dec 7th ........1941

From a article by Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution

On Dec. 7, 1941 - 65 years ago this week -(now 67) pilots from a Japanese carrier force bombed Pearl Harbor. They killed 2,403 Americans, most of them service personnel, while destroying much of the American fleet and air forces stationed in Hawaii.

The next morning, an outraged United States declared war, which ended less than four years later with the destruction of most of the Japanese empire and its military.

Sixty years after Pearl Harbor came another surprise attack on U.S. soil, one that was, in some ways, even worse than the "Day of Infamy."

Nearly 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11 attacks - the vast majority of them civilians. Al-Qaida's target was not an American military base far distant from the mainland. Rather, they suicide-bombed the United States' financial and military centers.......To defeat both Japan and Germany, we averaged over 8,000 Americans lost every month of the war - compared to around 50 per month since Sept. 11..And after Pearl Harbor, Americans believed they had no margin of error in an elemental war for survival. Today, we are apparently convinced that we can lose ground, whether in Afghanistan or Iraq, and still not lose either the war or our civilization.

Of course, by 1945, Americans no longer feared another Pearl Harbor. Yet, we, in a far stronger and larger United States, are still not sure we won't see another Sept. 11.

In many ways the Japanese in their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor did the world a favor by their treacherous attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States then,as today,was a divided nation with a majority isolationist. The treacherous attack united the United States in a war against Germany and Japan. Fortunately for the United States our aircraft carries were at sea and escaped the attack and were available for the major naval battle of the war at Midway.