Just as they did over 70 years ago, the appeasers said we should stay out of foreign entanglements. "Peace in our time" was pursued by our ally Britain against Nazi Germany, but such appeasement did not stop Adolf Hitler, and the attempts by America to stay out of the European conflict did not stop the Japanese militarists, allied with the Nazis, from attacking us.
The battleship USS Arizona was destroyed and sank when a bomb pierced the ship and blew up in the ammunition magazine. The blast killed 1,177 sailors, of which 1,102 remain entombed in the ship.
Oil still comes to the surface from the remains of the ship.
Today, 70 WWII vets, including Pearl Harbor Survivors, are attending ceremonies in Hawaii to remember this day.
Unfortunately, too many in our media can't be bothered to remember this important day in American history. This is today's view of Yahoo News. No mention of Pearl Harbor when you go onto their webpage.
America must never forget what those who were there went through, and those who were lost. Because if we forget our past, we're condemned to repeat it, as the famous saying goes.
Many who may not have been around do their part to remind Americans of that day, such as the Tora, Tora, Tora group of the Commemorative Air Force Gulf Coast Wing.
I was fortunate to have grown up in the Rio Grande Valley in the 1970s-80s when the organization was based there. As part of their airshows were reenactments of World War II air battles such as Pearl Harbor. A recent example of this show (video below from Sacramento in September 2011) was one way this day became more than just a date in a history book.
If you're near an airshow where the Tora Tora Tora group is appearing, check it out for living history. Perhaps one day soon, a vintage P-40 Warhawk that survived the Pearl Harbor attack might fly at one of these airshows.
The boyhood best friend of my maternal grandfather was a survivor of the USS Nevada, and received the Navy Cross for his actions on the ship that day in fighting off Japanese airplanes, and for saving many lives that day. It was a privilege to know that man. I wrote about him here in 2007.
God Bless America and those who lost their lives 72 years ago today.