History reminds only if we remember . . .
"the Japanese had very real grievances...."

-- Noam Chomsky on Pearl Harbor

(Which proves mainly that some people will live in infamy....)

I'm not much of a "metablogger," so I'll leave it to La Shawn Barber and Michelle Malkin to provide comprehensive links to blog posts about the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. (Glenn, BTW, linked to La Shawn's post, which is really all you need to get pointed to the rest.)

Today's date will always live in infamy, though, and the fact that the ranks of World War II veterans are rapidly thinning, in my view, highlights the importance of remembering Pearl Harbor. So does September 11.

To forget Pearl Harbor is to commit the blunder of which Santayana famously warned:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Because I think it's human nature to forget the past and repeat past mistakes over and over again, I feel obligated to remember Pearl Harbor, even though it's a bit of a chore to write a post about something I've already posted about.

Donald Sensing has an excellent post, poignantly illustrated by photos he took when he and his wife visited Pearl Harbor in May.

Scared Monkeys has a nice collection of posts and pictures including this one, which I especially liked:

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(The original is here, and the detail is incredible.)

Scared Monkeys links to Musing Minds' "A Date Which Will Live In Infamy"; Red State.org's "A Day That Lives in Infamy"; Dean Esmay's "December 7, 1941," and Smalltalk Tidbits' "Always Remember."

Oh, and Justin's father was actually there. He fought at Pearl Harbor. Others like him recall their memories here.

For all these reasons and more, Classical Values is not forgetting, and I'm glad that neither is the blogosphere.


UPDATE: My thanks to Donald Sensing for linking this post.

MORE: And thanks to Musing Minds too!

posted by Eric on 12.07.05 at 01:10 PM







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Oh Noam, anything to get into the news, eh? Next thing we will hear is how Jeffrey Dahlmer and the 'Son of Sam' killer had overt influences from society that made them into the people they became. Culture Vulture.

mdmhvonpa   ·  December 7, 2005 2:19 PM

Really, why must people like Chomsky always sympathize with the enemy? Does he likewise excuse the Japanese for their brutality to Allied POWs? And I suppose he also blames America for finishing the war that the Imperial Japanese started by launching their disgraceful attack on Pearl Harbor -- which is, by the way, no way to air "grievances."

Mad Minerva   ·  December 7, 2005 3:10 PM

Thanks for the tip, but quoting an irrelevant tenured radical, voicing an opinion shared only by a tiny minority of Americans, isn't exactly my way of remembering Pearl Harbor. Just my own taste, mind you, I'd rather remember the people who fought the war, not the idiots who don't understand it.

Raging Bee   ·  December 7, 2005 3:34 PM

My Dad was at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941. He was aboard ship, USS Tangier, tied up to the Utah, which was sunk. It too has men inside her to this day. He saw the Arizona explode. He is there now. He says it will be his last trip. Dad will be 88 in Feb. He saw much more during the rest of the war. He and his kind will be sorely missed by this Nation.

LYNNDH   ·  December 7, 2005 6:23 PM

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