“A Date Which Will Live In …”

December 7, 2019

Odds&Ends, Uncategorized

I still pause and think of the events on December 7, 1941, 78 years ago on this day: Bombers from Japanese carriers attacked Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor and killed over 2,000 Americans. I often listen to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s call for a declaration of war. I feel like I’m there, at the moment, glued to my radio and thinking, “Japan doesn’t stand a chance.”

And I think further: Yes, the United States made colossal mistakes and committed grave sins in the subsequent years (forcing Japanese of American descent to live in camps and segregating the Armed forces — just to name two errors); and yet I cannot help but conclude, given the comparison between the antagonists: The Allies were the good guys; the Axis powers were bad. Moral equivalency doesn’t work here.

Here’s Roosevelt before Congress:

About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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