December 7, 1941 changed the globe. It was when the US entered its second World War that would change our great nation forever. What appeared as a victorious maneuver for the Empire of Japan, would eventually lead to its defeat and movement away from an imperial country.
The price paid in blood from the bombs dropped that day continues to rise. The bombing of Pearl Harbor brought global change in weapons technology, weapons that would change geopolitical landscapes. New Powers arose among nations and old empires crumbled. From the US entrance into WWII from the bombings at Pearl Harbor, we can draw a straight line to the Korean War (and we are still dealing with this), Viet Nam, the Cold War, and the War on Terror. There are a whole slew of military conflicts over the last 25 years not declared as wars where US military involvement has made matters worse in most cases. It was after World War II that Israel was awarded land for its nation by the United Nations. The US was the first to recognize her. The fight between Arabs and Jews go back to Ishmael and Isaac, but this change has placed the Middle East at the epicenter of conflict ever since. The War on Terror is centered in the Middle East.
The blood spilt by the US since WWII, whether justified or not, is a direct result of our nations change in policy of being the “worlds police”. I also know that if the US had not been present to play this role, our world would look much different, and not for the better, than it is today.
Was this the intention of the Japanese when they bombed Pearl Harbor – to have the world in perpetual conflict? Unlikely. Japan’s losses of her own were staggering. The US played hardball with oil supplies and paid the price of interference. Japan expected America to roll over and get out of the way.
The real question is – did anyone learn any lessons from this day? Do world leaders look back at the sequence of events that lead to this date and work to avoid the same mistakes?
I don’t think so.
Ronald Reagan was declared a war monger during his term for the US military arsenal buildup as a deterrent to the Soviet Union. In reality, Reagan deployed forces 16 times over his Presidency. The most public was Grenada to rescue American students, Lebanon – where the Marines were part of a UN effort to support a shaky government, and the bombing in Libya where Ronnie sent Gaddafi a nightcap. There were no protracted actions. While there were losses, they were not expounded like the presidents since.
The blood continues to spill and the bodies keep piling up.
So when you pray for those that died 76 years ago today, and you pray for our military at home and around the globe, pray for wisdom to come to all world leaders. Pray for peace from love, hope, and the charitable hearts of mankind.
If we don’t, we are going to drown in the blood of the bombs.