Today is the anniversary of the Japanese attack on O'ahu and specifically on the US Navy ships at Pearl Harbor. It was the act that forced the United States into open participation in World War II.
In light of that, there was an article Sunday in The New York Times on the diplomatic interactions leading up to the attack and includes a discussion of how President Theodore Roosevelt played a big role in the evolution of Japanese diplomatic and policy thinking. And there was an insight into how President Teddy Roosevelt earned his Nobel Peace Prize.♠
The author of the Opinion Piece is James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers.
Once again, things are not as straight forward as they seem. But, at the same time, there is no doubt, at least in my mind, that Japan took the step that caused the United States to engage in bitter and savage warfare across the Pacific, ending up with the use of nuclear weapons to bring that war to a close.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The more I read the more I wonder about the Nobel Peace Prize. This is not a comment on President Obama, but the other winner, besides President Theodore Roosevelt. That would be President Woodrow Wilson and we all know how his peace efforts turned out less than twenty years later.