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Posted on 12/06/2005 9:30:44 PM PST by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
IMPERIAL LEADERS 'IMMORAL' Pearl Harbor was mistake: attack vet, 89
By MIYA TANAKA
KOGA, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) To Zenji Abe, 89, a former dive-bomber pilot, Pearl Harbor was a place where he headed to risk his life to defend his country. But more than 60 years later, it has turned into a place where he can nurture ties with American friends who had once been his foes.
News photo Zenji Abe poses in front of a bomber in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in late December 1941, after returning from the Pearl Harbor attack.
He can clearly recall the day when he joined the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941. The spry white-haired veteran spoke about his experiences in an interview at his home in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, where he lives with his wife.
"I put a photo of my (former) wife holding my 6-month-year-old son in my uniform's inner pocket. . . . I didn't feel fear, or such excitement as 'I'm going to beat the Americans!' Instead, I thought it's just like (an) exercise," Abe, then a 25-year-old lieutenant and squadron leader, said.
Taking off from the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier, Akagi was part of the second wave of planes. The raid crippled the U.S. Pacific Fleet by sinking or severely damaging eight battleships, including the Arizona -- a symbolic figure of the largest U.S. naval loss in history.
"I nosedived from an altitude of about 3,000 meters and practically a 60-degree angle. It was like plunging headfirst and I released a 250-kg bomb," Abe said, adding that he was "lucky" that he survived..
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You don't say...
Yamamoto himself was somewhat ambivalent about it "I fear we've awakened a sleeping giant" or something like that.
However, it was also a strategic disaster for the Japanese.
When they attacked Pearl Harbor, they ensured that the Pacific War would be a war to the death and it culminated in the use of the atomic bombs.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were NOT mistakes.
Yup. BIG mistake.
"I fear we have awoken a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve." - Yamamoto
Funny, my hindsight is always "20/20" too.
One of the funniest headlines in many days. Ya think?
No more Hiroshimas? Easy, no more Pearl Harbors.
It'd be a pleasant change to hear the Islamofascists admit that what they're doing is terrible mistake. Probably there are plenty saying it right now, but the MSM would never report it.
The first clue they had that it was a mistake was the bright light over Hiroshima.
Will an Iranian soldier one day say that building the bomb and attacking Israel was a terrible mistake? WWII seems like a piece of cake suddenly.
I thought of those words on September 11th, though I'd like to note for the record that the men who planned and committed that act were not fit to lick Yamamoto's boots.
"It was a great tactical victory for the Japanese."
They missed the fuel depot and the dry docks, and most importantly, the aircraft carriers. Most of the ships they sank were back in the war within a year. It was a total failure of their tactical objectives.
He's probably a spokesman for Toileta or Hon-Duh who realize that their invasion was possibly slowed by using the war option.
"Yamamoto's exact words were, "I fear we have only awakened a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve.""
In English no less!
The failure to sink the aircraft carriers was the major reason why the Japanese war strategy started to fail from mid-1942 on.
Remember Pearl Harbor!
I think they also ignored the moored subs, which did sink more Japanese shipping tonnage than any other US weapon system.
What's Japanese for "D'oh!"
Well, at least we did in 1941, anyway. It's hard to imagine now, but way bach then, there were actually huge numbers of patriotic Democrats who even had spines and integrity.
I'm increasingly pessimistic about the possibility that Democrats will ever again become net assets to America. Our best hope is that they will continue to abort themselves out of existence faster than they can recruit new members.
The Japanese learn from their mistakes. You are comparing the Japanese to a bunch of mindless fanatics who believe its still the 6th Century ?
I'm sorry, I refuse to grant Miya Tanaka's premise that he was "defending his country."
It was a dastardly and unprovoked attack, no matter that FDR was thumbing his nose at them.
Gee, ya think?
Without our carriers there wouldn't have been a battle of Midway. The entire west coast of America would have been open game.
One wonders if the outcome of WWII had been different if he would still feel the same way.
Well, this one wonders at any rate :-)
Is your comment directed at me, or toward the author ?
To the Japanese vet who said it. Sorry, I thought that was clear.
Iwakuni is now home to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. To the victor goes the spoils.
Then you must be very unfamiliar with history prior to WWII.
We had essentially declared economic war against Japan to protest their military ventures in China and southern Asia. We had cut off the import of strategic materials to them, including petroleum and steel. Their options were striking back or withering away.
"History - in every century, records an act that lives forevermore. We'll recall - as in to line we fall, the thing that happened on Hawaii's shore." Unknown (to me)
"...So, we've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's important--why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant." President Ronald Reagan farewell speech in 1989
"Give me a fast ship for I intend to go in harms way."
John Paul Jones
"For a time, the Flying Tigers provided the only victories against the Japanese anywhere in the Far East... This handful of men had shown that the Japanese were not invincible." - Duane Schultz, author of The Maverick War
"Before we're through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.!
Admiral Halsey - December 1941
"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning."
Colonel David M. Shoup - (Tarawa) - 21st November 1943
This is a fight between a free world and a slave world. - Vice President Henry A. Wallace
"It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that it will not be fought on U.S. soil." - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet
"Americans do not surrender." General George S. Patton
I'd like to thank all the veterans and their families both past and present for the FREEDOM My family and I continue to enjoy.
"I consider it no sacrifice to die for my country. In my mind, we came here to thank God that men like these have lived rather than to regret that they have died." General George S. Patton
"Pearl Harbor was a place where he headed to risk his life to defend his country."
Defending your country from what?? The USA? You all were on the offensive, not us bucko!
The only mistake is the carriers were out to sea!
Yamamoto said that in his diary. He was actually convinced that it was in fact a disaster before he left port.
He embarked on the campaign because the Japanese Army were planning his assassination and he was safer on his own ship.
There is a very good biography on Yamamoto that is worth reading. I can't remember the author but it is very comprehensive and propaganda free.
Since it ended with two big bombs, ignominious defeat, and occupation, do ya think?
Dawn on a Sunday morning,
Dawn on the wide blue sea,
Hawaii, isle of sunshine, lay so peacefully.
Then from the sky without warning,
The vultures swarmed to attack.
Hiding behind their "peace talk,"
They stabbed our boys in the back.
Remember Pearl Harbor, every hour, every day that we live.
Remember Pearl Harbor, and the crime we can never forgive.
Through the sweat and toil,
Through the blood and tears,
Keep this battle cry ringing in our ears:
"Remember Pearl Harbor," let this song keep us strong through the years.
Remember how we used to call them our "little brown brothers?"
What a laugh that turned out to be.
Well, we can all thank God that we're not related
To that yellow scum of the sea.
They talked of peace, and of friendship.
We found out just what all that talk was worth.
All right, they've asked for it, and now they're going to get it.
We'll blow every one of them right off of the face of the Earth.
Remember Pearl Harbor, in the air on the land and the sea.
Remember Pearl Harbor, here's a job we can do, you and me.
Keep'em flying high clear across the pond.
Make our dollars fight, buy another bond!
Remember Pearl Harbor, day and night, pray and fight, carry on!
Carson Robison, Bluebird Records, c. 1941
Well that's the argument the Dems are using against us in Iraq.
The Japanese war colleges trained on bombings and tactics that including surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor from the 30's... it was no 'accident'.
My twin 8 year olds said they'd get extra credit if they looked up on the internet to find out what happened on Dec. 7th. I pulled out my book of "We interrupt this Broadcast" that has an old radio show with the bulletin on it.
After hearing about the attack, and President Roosevelt's sound bite I asked them what that reminded them of. They said 9-11. (They were 4 at the time!)
I told them of how Dec. 7th was their Bopa's and Nana's 9-11, and how my dad went down the following day with all the other men in the country to sign up and fight in the war, and that it was a long and hard war fought all over the world and that in the end we had to drop - not one, but TWO atomic bombs before the Japanese would quit.
My one daughter said "And now they're our friends". And I said yes, our very good friends in that part of the world.
Half the battleships sunk in the attack were refloated and refitted, but not as quickly as you might think. One was refloated but never saw service again.
Arizona - lost.
Oklahoma - refloated but not returned to duty.
California - refloated March 25, 1942. Returned to combat June 1944.
West Virgina - refloated May 17, 1942. She reached Pearl in September, 1944, and returned to combat October, 1944.
Utah (converted from a battleship to a target ship) sunk.
Oglala (minelayer) - refloated 'late 1942). Placed in full commission February 1944
So I couldn't come up with any that were sunk that were back in the war within a year, and only half, not most, that returned to service at all.
Sources - US Navy Historical Center
DANFS at Hazegray
The Democrats are intent on telling the giant to go back to sleep, all the while the building is burning down around it.
We are a sleeping giant, but lately it seems as if what we've done since 9/11 was more akin to groggily smacking at an annoying mosquito. All attempts to wake up fully have been hindered by the media's attempt to cover our ears and close our eyes to the horrific nature and goals of our enemies.
At least that has always been their excuse.
The US wasn't the only place that they could have obtained those materials.
"Before we're through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.! Admiral Halsey - December 1941
Now there is fighting spirit. No wonder McArthur called Halsey the greatest fighting Admiral of the Navy.
How come they don't make men like this anymore? Like Halsey and Patton. I know, everyone has to toe the pc line, blah, blah.
A sub can be built in 6-9 months, a carrier takes 18-24, a battleship 30-36. If you are aiming to win within a year, which do you go after?
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