75 years ago
Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.
We as people prefer to not look at things that are terrible. We want to look away. But the fact remains these type of events happen and we must always learn from them and do our best to remember history and ensure they do not happen again.
While watching the history of WWII with Germany the History Channel showed the history of WWI and how events from that war actually caused WWII. For instance, General Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general who was also a soldier in WWI. General George Patton was also in WWI. If either of these men were killed in WWI, how would that have effected WWII.
Adolf Hitler was a soldier in WWI. He almost died several times such as during a gas attack, then he was temporarily was blinded, and towards the end of WWI was in the sights of a British soldier. If that soldier would have fired his weapon, Hitler would never had existed for WWII. But the British soldier let him go. History makes one wonder the what if.