12.07.2005

Let us not forget

On this day, December 7th, 1941, the United States was attacked by Japanese forces while at rest for Sunday services in Pear Harbor Hawaii.

After the attack, which eventually would hurl the U.S. into World War 2 and change the world forever, then president Franklin D Roosevelt said:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United
States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air
forces
of the Empire of Japan.
The United States
was at peace with
that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in
conversation
with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance
of peace
in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had
commenced
bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his
colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent
American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue
the
existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war
or armed
attack.
It will be recorded that the
distance of Hawaii
from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately
planned many
days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese
Government
has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false
statements and
expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the
Hawaiian Islands has caused severe
damage to American naval and military
forces. Very many American lives have been
lost. In addition American ships
have been reported torpedoed on the high seas
between San Francisco and
Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack
against Malaya. Last
night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night
Japanese forces attacked
Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the
Philippine Islands. Last night the
Japanese attacked Wake Island. This
morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore,
undertaken a
surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The
facts of yesterday
speak for themselves. The people of the United States
have already formed their
opinions and well understand the implications to
the very life and safety of our
nation.
As Commander-in-Chief of the
Army
and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the
onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this
premeditated invasion,
the American people in their righteous might will win
through to absolute
victory.
I believe I
interpret the will of the Congress and of the
people when I assert that we will
not only defend ourselves to the uttermost
but will make very certain that this
form of treachery shall never endanger
us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our
people, our
territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With
confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded determination of
our
people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask
that the Congress declare that since the
unprovoked and dastardly attack by
Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of
war has existed between the
United States and the Japanese Empire."


Now, I could go off on a tangent about how the attack on Pearl, is similar to that attacks on 9/11, and how the people of 1941 never whined about pulling out mid race, but I wont. That isn't what this is about.

Pearl Harbor Duing the attacks: U.S.S. Arizona burning after a Japanese armor piercing bomb exploded in the powder magazine.





Pearl Harbor now: U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. Crew still aboard.



The folks that brought you this,


and this,



also brought you this,



and this.




All they got in return for their troubles was this,



and this.

1 Comments:

At 12/15/2005 10:02 AM, Blogger Brian B said...

I used to have a buddy who was in the Navy. One time, while he was on shore leave in Hawaii, a group of Japanese tourists asked him where the Arizona was. His reply was "Right where you left it". A bit snide, but understandable.

 

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