The Attack On Pearl Harbor Essay

1008 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
When a country such as the United States enters a war, typically an important event has occurred to force them to do so. For World War II, it was the attack on Pearl Harbor. For the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11th. These events, very significant in American history, are known as “days of infamy”. Without their impact on the United States and the rest of the world, life today might be much different. These direct attacks to American soil aren’t quite history repeating itself, but there are clear similarities between the two events regarding the opposition, U.S. government response, and public response.
The Imperial Japanese wanted to render the United States’ military useless by bombing their naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. “The attack was mainly by air. The mastermind of the attack, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, decided that an air attack would provide the greatest damage to the US Pacific Fleet with the lowest risk to the fleet of the Japanese Imperial Navy.” (Learn About the Attack On Pearl Harbor). The terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked American planes with suicide bombers and flew into the Twin Towers. While these attacks seem very different, they both had the same objective: to destroy the heart of the U.S.. Imperial Japan saw America as a military threat, so they thought decimating the important weapons of the American Navy such as the battleships and planes would prevent the U.S. from entering a war anytime soon. The…

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