About Pearl Harbor
The times leading up to U.S. involvement in WWII were fraught with peril. Barely coming out of the Great War and a global Great Depression, citizens of the world were just able to fight for survival. In every country, depression almost led to the destruction of humanity.
For many years, the United States felt it was not their duty to defend the rights of man throughout the world. It is more always more secure to avoid conflict. Unfortunately, due to this global depression, things were not able to be worked out so peacefully.
In Nazi Germany, citizens felt their problems were caused by the boogeyman, A twisted caricature of a people, inspired by the mind of Hitler, which represented what they may never afford: The ability to survive. In Imperial Japan, their traditional values felt threatened. Citizens believed they were surrounded on all sides since before they were born, and that in order to survive they must conquer. In the United States, citizens who were once experiencing a life of relative luxury were now barely able to stay afloat. Fighting for scraps for nearly a decade, America had barely recovered from famine and war which left thousands of people close to death.
World War II had truly begun the moment the United States engaged the Axis Powers. A sleeping giant, America’s prosperity and determination would prove that it would become the most powerful country on Earth. The attacks on Pearl Harbor were the tipping point for this engagement.
The climax of these global conflicts, based out of fear, jealousy, and pure survival instincts, was when the United States dropped nuclear bombs over Hiroshima. Nearly than 100,000 lives were prematurely destroyed in the course of mere days, leaving the entire world in shock and awe.Japan’s unwillingness to co-operate with the demands of surrender on the Allies’ terms ended disastrously. A fearful U.S. could not afford to negotiate, and a second power play was made when bombs dropped again over Nagasaki. This move secured the political status of America as a global leader for decades to come and was critical for Allied victory.
Unfortunately, this status came at great cost to the lives of countless people of the world. Not only that, but this power incited further jealousy and desire from countries who were still suffering from depression.
The need to survive is above all else. The evil minds manipulating that need were thankfully defeated, but there will always be more to fill their place. In a world without war, there is no use for weapons of mass destruction. At least, only practical uses that don’t involve the loss of life. Realizing this today, world leaders are working to create a safer tomorrow. A world for our children to make their own, free from fear and the need to survive. A world with free education, where anyone with enough motivation and a little bit of luck can make something for themselves and future generations to come. That’s the American dream.
To create that tomorrow, we must actively seek to rid the world of fear and poverty. The day no one needs to fight to survive is the day the world is one step closer to peace. It won’t be the easy, but ridding the planet of weapons of mass destruction and preventing their further production will ensure the human race is alive to complete the job.
“The day that lives in infamy” is an important reminder of how far we’ve come in 75 years, and the men and women who bled for their country on that day have not done so in vain. Now is time to usher in a new era of peace, to rid the world of such tragedy and pain forever.