Saturday, December 07, 2002
Pearl Harbor Day

Regardless of the intervening awfulness of 09/11/01, December 7 is still the anniversary of the day in 1941 that the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by surprise by the Japanese. Like the 09/11 anniversary likely will, the Pearl Harbor anniversary remains a good opportunity to reflect on the pointless loss of life, the horrendousness of any kind of sneak attack, and the repulsiveness of smug self-righteousness of either militaristic or religious stripe.

My own reflections on such suggest that preparedness for and a willingness, ultimately, to engage both in rapid retaliation and in prolonged struggle, coupled with the will to use force, even extreme force, in locales around the world, are more likely to secure our collective freedom than just about any other strategy.