Reprised from an earlier blog-post in 2005. Pearl Harbor exploded in a shower of bombs and torpedos dropped by Imperial Japanese aircraft, and the battered USS Arizona sank in an inferno. During the second wave of the attack the USS Shaw exploded:
When the 7th of December 1941 was over, it was clear that the Japanese had delivered a tremendous blow to the United States. Five battleships were sunk or sinking, three destroyers were wrecked, a minelayer and target ship had capsized, two cruisers were badly damaged and many other ships needed repairs. Hawaii-based Navy and Army aviation was also greatly diminished, feeding a sense of defenselessness and defeat that greatly exceeded the realities of the situation.
I’m sure if it happened again today (9/11 anybody?) the Left would work just as hard as they do now, to diminish our efforts and feed a sense of defenselessness and defeat that greatly exceeded the realities of the situation.
Maybe that is the lesson we ought to remember from Pearl Harbor – not for what the Japanese did back then but for what the Left is doing today. What they always do.