Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As a Naval Officer, this day has special signficance- 70 years ago from the moment I write this, thousands of my predecessors in uniform became the first of many to die fighting an enemy bent on enslaving an entire continent and dominating half the globe.
What is important to remember is that the Japanese were not a nameless, faceless, motiveless enemy – they were a powerful nation with an agenda all their own. By The United States was getting in their way, and they saw an attack on our Pacific fleet as the best way to keep us from interfering with their actions in China and South-East Asia. The enemies that we fight today are no different – they have goals, agendas and motives all their own, and the United States is getting in their way.
The evil faced at Pearl Harbor is not gone from the world – it will always be there, in new guises and under new banners. There are still nations that would enslave and slaughter their neighbors if they could. There are still despots and would-be leaders capable of unspeakable brutality in the pursuit of their own ends. Brave men died 70 years ago to defeat that evil. Brave men continue to die today to defeat the same evil under a new name.