Here in Hawaii the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is getting a lot of press, as you might expect. One frequent comment that has not escaped my attention, however, has been referring to the attack as "When the war started."
That’s a sort of America-centric view of history, I’m afraid. World War II is generally recognized as having started on September 1st, 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland (though there are some that argue it started earlier than that).
It’s important to remember the tragic events of December 7th, 1941 of course. Every time I go on board the Missouri I turn and say a silent thanks to the 1,000+ men still at their battlestations aboard the Arizona. But let’s not forget that it was WORLD War II. Not America’s War II.