Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7, 1941

The tragedy?  It has happened before.  It has happened since.

The reality?  Killing each other remains in mankind's tool box.


If you doubt that, just turn on the news.

  My own personal opinion ("my own personal"?  Well, that's a little redundant).

  I don't think we'll ever see an attack like this again (not that I saw this one in the first place).  I just don't believe nations will send an entire fleet to attack the fleet of another nation.  If nothing else, there is no way in the world that something like this could ever be carried out in secret.

  But, do I think that surprise attacks will continue that will result  in the death of thousands?  Oh...yeah.  I won't insult your intelligence with examples.

  And, I will see those attacks.

  That terrifies me.

My own personal opinion (Part II).  Yeah, can't stop this redundancy thing.
  
I believe FDR knew the Japanese were going to attack.  Not that Japan was full of choir boys, but the US pretty much kept poking them in the eye.  I honestly feel the President wanted to get into the war and saw an answer in the Pacific.

Did he think Japan would kill thousands in a surprise attack?  Of course not. Most people at the time thought an attack on maybe the Philippines was most likely, but not on the Pacific Fleet.  But, if Hawaii were attacked ("PFFFT!  Hawaii!?" they probably thought), how much damage could the little yellow man cause?  Obviously, racism did not just appear in the 21st Century.  

Hubris.  It can be a killer.

      

20 comments:

  1. Hubris can indeed, you poke the bear long enough and he's going to come out of hibernation. Yeah, we probably won't see an attack like that again, but the nutjobs with bombs will still be around, sadly.

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  2. "Old men lying, young men dying". It's a real shame that this continues to happen. I wonder what would happen if everyone in the military decided they didn't want to go to war again and they all just quit.

    Well, I know what'll happen. The government will make military service mandatory. I only learned just last week the US DOES have a draft.

    Hubris is going to be the death of all of us. Not our own personal hubris, but the hubris of some jackass who has access to a big red button that shouldn't exist.

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    1. I agree with you except...the U.S. does NOT have a draft. What we have is that 18 year old men (women will eventually be required, I predict) are required to register for Selective Service. That way, the Feds have their names and can institute a draft (a real draft where, yes, kids can be thrown into a uniform and given a rifle). This has been the case since the draft was stopped in the early 1970s. I served in an all-volunteer military.
      That said, I'm still terrified that my son (and daughter) will be in the military due to horribly misguided policies.

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  3. well said. And do we learn from history?

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    1. I honestly feel that a lot of people think they're too smart to do the same things as those who have gone before. Whenever I talk to people about history (I love history), I remind them that we are no different than humans from hundreds of years ago. We may have different clothes and smartphones, but the beast in more than a few of us remains.

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  4. History continues to repeat itself. It seems we don't learn from our mistakes.

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  5. The attacks will come, just from smaller forces. But they can do just as much damage.

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    1. It took an entire fleet and a lot of airplanes to kill over 2,000.
      It took 19 and four jets to kill over 3,000.
      Yeah, you got it.

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  6. Excellent post Al. I too believe we will see them in our lifetime..aren't we already in smaller numbers? Sad times we are in but war will continue even after we're long gone.

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    1. True that.
      When I learned about the death of Fred Thompson (I hope you recognize the name), I said, "Good for him. He got out."
      Isn't THAT a sad thing to say?

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  7. Well put. I agree with your historical perspective 100%. Of course, my view of FDR is much like that of Archie Bunker, so...

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    1. I'll say this about FDR: Not a big fan.
      In response to a Facebook post, I called him the "crippled Democrat who started this country on the road to socialism."

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  8. Your line about hubris should be a tattoo for every President.

    We will see more attacks and that is so frightening. Truthfully, more for my children than myself. I wish they never had to experience the dark side of mankind...but I know they will.

    Al, Al, Al...still a favorite...

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    1. I really don't worry about me (I like to say "I had a good run"). But, I weep for my children, their eventual children, and all the young folk growing up in this effed-up world.

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  9. I agree that FDR wanted to get into the fray and was waiting for any chance but, unfortunately, it came at great cost. We never seem to learn from history and so few read about it. I wonder how many Americans even know where Pearl Harbour is. We will continue to see surprise attacks and I think we need to prepare ourselves for something that I don't want to think about-a major attack will come-not as big as Pearl Harbour but could be close to 9/11. Gosh I got all scary all of a sudden

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  10. Yes, hubris kills and keeps killing.
    Thank you for honoring the day here, Al.
    Seems like WWIII is looming. Do you think?
    Oy vey. In the meantime, let's have a festive holiday season and some cocoa.

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    1. I think WWIII is here. And people like Trump scare me.

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