How a Pearl Harbor Happens

Eidos | 12/8/2019 | Staff
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December 7th was a day that would live in infamy. The Empire of Japan was the malefactor, but a complacent and racist United States government was the enabler.

Why remember Pearl Harbor? Japan is now a democratic ally under an enlightened Emperor. Only a few brave souls now remember “where they were” when everything changed because of Pearl.

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Pearl Harbor happened, but might have been avoided. The lives lost were precious and the ships sunk needed. While the United States won the war in the Pacific against totalitarian Japan, the fight was costly and might have been lost. Just because everything turned out “well” in the end, does not mean the beginning should not be examined and mistakes noted.

While most of us will never run a nation, many of us manage ventures and should learn the lessons of Pearl Harbor.

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The “unexpected” blow was, to some extent, expected but not intelligently. We knew that the Empire of Japan likely would strike without declaring war, but where, how, and with what forces?

Ignorance, in this case racism, caused the United States to underestimate the challenge.

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The United States government, dominated by a Democratic government that got much of her support from white segregationists, never bothered to understand Japanese culture or values. Governments should not believe their own propaganda, but the United States did.

So it is with the many companies, industries, or non-profits. Racism seems obvious to us, but underestimating “them” for reasons that turn out to be rotten is common. “They” are just this, that, or the other thing until “their” thing becomes the winning thing.

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