Remembering Pearl Harbor

by RYAN SEYMOUR
Staff Writer

“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941- A date which will live in infamy- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by air and naval forces of the Empire of Japan”  The quote just mentioned was from a famous speech by President Roosevelt addressing the widespread panic over the surprise bombing of the naval base of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

At 7:53 a.m on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, the first wave of Japanese planes assaulted the base, taking the entire barracks by surprise. The raids continued for almost 2 hours and sunk many vital battleships, destroyers, and cruise-ships, the biggest and most infamous being the USS Arizona which was rent asunder, causing over a thousand deaths in its fiery explosion.  About 2,400 people were killed in the raid and over a were thousand injured.

For those who haven’t taken U.S. History or don’t know the history of the world at the time, I’ll give a brief overview to help people better understand what happened. At this time, World War 2 was in full force in Europe. Many countries had fallen to Nazi Germany by 1941, including Czechoslovakia, France, and Poland. However, Germany was not the only country that was involved in the numerous invasions of World War 2. Germany was in league with two other countries. Italy was ruled by the totalitarian leader Benito Mussolini, and the Japanese Empire was ruled by Emperor Hirohito. This alliance was dubbed the Axis of Evil. Up until this point, the United States had adopted a policy known as “isolationism,” which is when a country keeps to itself and does not interfere with the affairs of another country and does not allow other countries to interfere with theirs. However, because of Japan technically being an “enemy,” the U.S decided to take action against Japan without using actual warfare. The United States cut Japan’s oil supply off. Since Japan is an island nation, it depended on the U.S for %80 of its oil. Since

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