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Pearl Harbor Day

Some 70 years ago the Japanese Navy carried out an attack that took the lives of 2386 Americans. As the Japanese admiral who masterminded the attack said:

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
Isoroku Yamamoto

The Japanese had made a classic mistake, they underestimated their opponent. They also learned that hell hath no fury like free men and women when their freedom is threatened. Over the next 5 years the United States and her allies waged a war indistinguishable from the vengeful hand of an angry god. Please join me in remembering our fallen brothers, and the sacrifices they made to retain the freedoms we enjoy.

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  1. 2011/12/07 at 00:36

    Thanks for the reminder Nate.

  2. 2011/12/07 at 17:51

    Intersting bit from Victor Davis Hanson that I read after reading your post:

    One final thought. The growth of Japan in the 1920s and 1930s and the alarm that it caused in the Pacific, its increasingly illiberality and nationalism, the enormous industrial and military progress that it had made in emulating European economies and Western armed forces, the concurrent impressions that a Depression-era America was a sinking rather than a rising power, and a general sense that the Japanese model was superior to the alternatives offer some general parallels to the current comparative status of China and America in the Pacific. Let us hope that we learn the lessons of Pearl Harbor, namely that anything is possible at any time, that deterrence ultimately keeps the peace, and that deterrence is a combination of known superior military strength and a certainty among concerned parties that such overwhelming power will be used in defense, and thereby will assure the aggressor that its attack will prove suicidal.

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