440. Pearl Harbor Day is Tomorrow

Pearl Harbor Day is tomorrow and for the third time, I am not going to write about it directly.

In 2015, I used Pearl Harbor Day as a jumping off place to discuss the decision to go to war in Iraq.

In 2016, I used Pearl Harbor Day as a jumping off place to discuss Japanese Internment.

In 2017, I am even less able to salute and shout hallelujah than I was on the last two times Pearl Harbor Day rolled around. Things are even worse than they were then.

Do I think we were shouldn’t have retaliated to the Pearl Harbor attack? Don’t be absurd.

Do I support disarmament? I wish I could, but it would be national suicide.

Am I a veteran? Yes; and I would love to be the last veteran.

Am I a pacifist? Don’t I wish. I would love to live long enough to be able to say yes to that, but I won’t. Neither will you, and you are younger than I am.

There are times when we have to fight and Pearl Harbor signaled one of those times, but our national default setting should not be attack. We should fight rarely, and only when necessary. For many years now, we have been doing a terrible job of deciding when to fight, so I find it hard to wave the flag. Someone might think that means I’m ready to start shooting.

Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day. It is also the forty-fifth anniversary of the last manned moon launch. I think I’ll write about that.

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2 thoughts on “440. Pearl Harbor Day is Tomorrow

  1. J.M. Williams

    I don’t think Pearl Harbor will ever get old. It was such a turning point for history, both nationally and internationally. It also always felt to me like a more tangible holiday than say Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day, which are set on some arbitrary date, the latter of which is always on a Monday to ensure government workers get their extended holiday. Something real happened on December 7th, 1941, and it has deep meaning regardless of one’s politics. Hawks and doves can each take away something from that significant event. But maybe that’s just me. I’d love to hear about the moon launch, too!

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