December 7, 2021- People were worshipping, others were fishing, on the vast expanse of Pearl Harbor.
The churchgoers would think of picnicking, the fishers, of cleaning and grilling their catch.
Sailors, Marines and soldiers were lolling about their bunks, or maybe going out for a morning jog.
Approaching from the west, aviators, operating in stealth, let loose with a steady barrage of firepower.
Everyone who was aboard ship became a gunner. The targets did their level best to turn the tables. The attackers carried the day, but the victory was Pyrrhic.
Imperial Japan had awakened a giant, whose ferocity and tenacity would rain far worse devastation on the people who could not look their Emperor in the eye.
The experience of Japan should be a cautionary tale, to all who dream of worldwide hegemony.
Will the ones who now dream of such an empire take heed?