Similarities of Pearl Harbor and 9/11
Two major events occurred in United States History, Pearl Harbor in 1941 and 9/11 in 2001 the time frame between each event is sixty years, can it be said that there are similarities between Pearl Harbor and 9/11? The answer would be yes! There are three distinct similarities between the two, first the number of people who died, secondly both attacks America did not see coming and finally what were the reactions to the aftermath of these events taking place. Events so powerful in history will unite a nation to come together and be strong. On the morning of December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese bomber planes appeared in the skies and attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This unforeseen attack lasted for two hours, and was extremely disturbing; during this attack the Japanese army was able to destroy almost twenty American naval vessels, which included eight huge battleships, and nearly two hundred airplanes. As a result of this devastating attack More than two thousand four hundred Americans soldiers and sailors lost their lives in the attack (http://www.history.com/topics/pearl-harbor) (Shultz, 2012). This attack was described by President Franklin D Roosevelt as ‘a date which will live in infamy’ by him saying this, he is stating that this act of unjust hatred will not be forgotten for years and generations to come. After the attacks the president stated that: “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.” (http://www.history.com/topics/pearl-harbor) By the President saying this to his people is...
References: Kevin Shultz, HIST Volume II, 2012
Podcast by Joe Kleinsasser interviewing Wichita State University history professor John Dreifort
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