Sunday, December 7, 2008

67 Years Ago On This Day - Some Thoughts

"What goes around comes around" - this aphorism is in play today, as it was on a Sunday, on this date, in 1941 that the empire of Japan attacked the American fleet at Pearl Harbor.
Some history-altering ramifications came out of that 'Day of Infamy,' as President Roosevelt called it:
One; the attack on America assured both the coming destruction of Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.
It should be remembered that Isoroku Yamamoto, the commander of the Japanese Combined fleet, who was complicit in the plan to attack Pearl Harbor, had been a student at Harvard, admired the Americans, visited Detroit and the Texas oil fields, and upon returning to Japan warned all in power never to go to war with America (see my description of Yamamoto in the December, 2007 blog).
Two; almost four days after Pearl Harbor, Hitler, who was dumbfounded at Japan's action, declared war on America as part of Germany's commitment in the Tripartite Pact (Germany, Italy, Japan).
That, plus his invasion of Mother Russia, assured the world of Nazi Germany's ultimate destruction.
Incidentally, in connection with Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union, there are two dates which swim in my mind that rather eloquently represent the supreme irony that comes out of War; and that is:
June 22, 1940 - the apex of Hitler's power takes place in a railroad car, where the surrender of France to Hitlerism takes place. Hitler now is master of Western Europe.
June 22, 1941 - Hitler invades Russia in history's largest land war, not having taken a lesson from Napoleon's adventure in Russia.
Let us be thankful that there are some in power who do not learn from history, as their hubris overcomes the intelligence they were given.

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