Saturday, December 7, 2019

This Day Lives in Infamy

On this date in 1941 the Empire of Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on Oahu, in the Hawaiian Islands. Thousands were killed and wounded, a dozen or more warships sunk, and many airplanes destroyed.

The Japanese followed this with absolutely brutal treatment of prisoners of war and civilian internees. Their treatment of Asian populations occupied by Japan was little better.

Needless to say, Japan made few friends with their actions and Japanese rearmament is viewed with extreme skepticism by peoples all over Asia. It behooves Americans to remember what evil was done at Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Peninsula, and elsewhere, and by whom.

The nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the fire bombing of Tokyo have always seemed karmic.