I sincerely hope Pearl Harbor serves as a true wake call up to the need to be always, always be vigilent in dealing with our enemies.
I set aside my tributes for 9/11 on 9/11, and my tributes for 12/07 on 12/07.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has killed more Americans than World War I and II combined.
What has Covid19 to do with Pearl Harbor or Japan?
New World Record in Ball Dropping
2020-01-07 • Presidential Daily Brief: “Analysts concluded [coronavirus] could be a cataclysmic event.” • Trump does nothing.
2020-03-11 • World Health Organization declares a global pandemic.
2020-04-15 • While continuing to lie about the pandemic, Trump suspends US funding for WHO.
2021-12-08 • US coronavirus deaths: 812,205 (100 weeks after PDB; 8122/week; 4% of the world’s population; 26% of its COVID deaths)
For comparison …
1941-12-07 • Pearl Harbor attack: 2,403
2001-09-11 • terrorist attacks: 2,977 (5 weeks after PDB warned Bush about it)
Korean War (33,686) + Vietnam War (58,220) + Afghan War (6,301): 98,207
WW1: 116,516 (83 weeks for US; 1403/week)
WW2: 418,500 (195 weeks for US; 2146/week)
Civil War: ~620,000 (213 weeks; 2911/week)
Spanish flu: ~675,000 (~117 weeks; 5769/week)
Well, there you go.
“Variations on the repeating-history theme appear alongside debates about attribution. Irish statesman Edmund Burke is often misquoted as having said, ‘Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.’ Spanish philosopher George Santayana is credited with the aphorism, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,’ while British statesman Winston Churchill wrote, ‘Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’
“Lessons from the past may not always ward off doom, but they can provide insights into the present and even the future.”
(SOURCE: “History Repeating,” Virginia Tech, College of Liberal and Human Sciences, https://liberalarts.vt.edu/magazine/2017/history-repeating.html)