Sunday, December 7, 2014

"A military man can scarcely pride himself on having "smitten a sleeping enemy"..."

If you don't know what I mean with the title to this post then it is evident that you are not a student of U.S. or world history. The events that took place, on December 7, 1941, were some of the most important in the history of the world. They changed the United States of America - they changed the world - forever. It was on that day that the Empire of Japan launched a sneak attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor and those words, in this post's title, reference that attack.

I don't think I can do it any more justice than I did in a previous pot, so I'll just link to that post. If you don't know about what took place at Pearl Harbor, on that day, do yourself the favor of reading a bit about it in my post of seven years ago or here in the post I wrote a year ago. Those events truly set the USA on a new course and the events that followed while we set off on that new course assured there would be an America today. December 7, 1941 was a date of importance as much as is 9/11, it was a date on which American united, it was "....a date which will live in infamy..."!

Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, in early January 1942, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the commander in chief of Japan's naval forces, replied to a newspaper editor about the editor's assessment of the attack: "A military man can scarcely pride himself on having "smitten a sleeping enemy"; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack." America indeed launched a counter attack, one of a magnitude never before and never since matched. If you do nothing else today, learn something about December 7, 1941 and its aftermath because it truly was an earth shattering and world changing date.

All the best,