“A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY . . .”

pearl-harbor

It’s been nearly three quarters of a century since the Japanese surprise attack on the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The generation of Americans whose lives were forever changed by that event is dwindling rapidly.  Why not pause for a moment to reflect on that event and to remember those who gave their lives on that dark day?  Click here for a slide show of images of the attack  and of modern commemorations.

4 responses to ““A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY . . .”

  1. If I may add something, key to this is trying find out what, exactly, happened as far as we are able. This can have a very clarifying effect on the moral issues.

    Three books about WWI I recommend heartily are Niall Ferguson’s The Pity of War – a wonkish read, but the devil is in the details, Phillip Jenkins’ The Great and Holy War about the way the various parties used Christianity to demonize opponents and to Christianize their own militarism – as a bonus, he expounds the effects of this beyond WWII and even to the things we see today- and Thomas Flemming’s The Illusion of Victory. Also I cannot recommend enough Flemming’s The New Dealers War on FDR in WWII. Quite an eye opener, that one, especially as to the hows, whys and wherefores of FDR’s intractable determination to get us into WWII.

  2. I would be interested in your thoughts regarding Pearl Harbor in the context of US foreign policy following the Spanish-American War and WWI.

    How should Christians think about the government manipulation to garner support for war – even if the countries we are fighting are violating human rights? From a historical perspective, how do we reconcile the rhetorical reasons for conflict and the more likely economic motivations?

    • Sam, you raise two huge questions. Rather than offer my own scattered thoughts, I’ll recommend instead the work of my Wheaton colleague Mark Amstutz. Dr. Amstutz has written extensively on Christians perceptions of, and approaches to, both foreign relations and public policy. TM

  3. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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