Opening up about Pearl Harbor

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2011 - 7:31 AM

As survivors of Japanese attack grow fewer, their memories grow more important.

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JohnG1Dec. 7, 11 5:16 AM

God bless all who have served this great nation. Thank you for your service, sacrifice and welcome home!

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rafannonDec. 7, 1110:58 AM

Go to Pearl Harbor and see the memorial.. Still makes you sad looking and see what happened. Brave men fought and died for this country and we need to remember them. The men are all in their 80's and 90's now. Also, remember all those who have died serving our country

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tvzzDec. 7, 1112:03 PM

at 88 this man was one of the youngest in the service. the people that fought in and survived WW 2 are dying but must not be forgotten for their sacrifice! thank you sir for your service!

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thome2011Dec. 7, 1112:14 PM

America's greatest generation is dying off quickly. Make sure and thank these brave vets every chance you get. God bless them all.

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truthtopowerDec. 7, 1112:57 PM

While I have some reverence for veterans, I have found that most of them are boorish and they only exciting thing they ever did in their whole lives was fight in a stupid war. If that generation was so great, there would not have been a second world war. Stupid generational labels!

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bbcpa7Dec. 7, 11 1:43 PM

To Truth to Power - To say that "If that generation was so great, there would not have been a second world war" forgets that a kid who was 18 in 1941 was born in 1923 - 5 years after the end of WW1. It wasn't their generation who got us into WW2 or even had the ability to affect our entry. They were the ones who had the burden of fighting our way out of WW2. Sometimes the truth hurts.

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transplantedDec. 7, 11 3:09 PM

"Some reverence?" Wish you'd been next to me in the jungle, for 14 months. Would like to hear what you'd say about veterans, then.

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motomanDec. 7, 11 3:13 PM

"All war is based on deception." -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

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motomanDec. 7, 11 3:15 PM

FDR claimed Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack. It wasn't. The United States saw war with Japan as the means to get into war with Germany, which Americans opposed. So Roosevelt needed Japan to appear to strike first. Following an 8-step plan devised by the Office of Naval Intelligence, Roosevelt intentionally provoked Japan into the attack. Contrary to the official story, the fleet did not maintain radio silence, but sent messages intercepted and decoded by US intercept stations. Tricked by the lie of a surprise attack, Americans marched off to war.

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motomanDec. 7, 11 3:16 PM

It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.

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