Today, survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are on the island observing the 64th anniversary of the attack.
If you’re on the younger side and the only thing you know about Pearl Harbor was what you learned in the 2001 Ben Affleck movie, you might be surprised to learn that, in fact, the Japanese did not stage the attack simply to break up a love triangle.
The most heavily debated result of the attack on Pearl Harbor has nothing to do with the Japanese aggression. In today’s politically correct world, what is more debated is if the eventual U.S. response to Japan’s declaration of war. The “debate” concerns if dropping of atomic bombs on Japan was the “right” thing to do– which I discussed at length in a column this past summer.
Here’s a toast to those Pearl Harbor veterans who lost their lives that fateful day, and those who are still here to tell us the real story.
Update: Perhaps somewhat ironically considering the occasion, Frederick L. Ashworth, the weaponeer aboard the B-24 that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, has passed away at the age of 93.
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