HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 10, 2007
Wisdom from Polonius

Thoughts of Pearl Harbor


Dudley Nichols (screenwriter of the film Air Force directed by Howard Hawks)

Pilot to crew. Take a good look at Pearl Harbor. Maybe it’s something you’ll want to remember.


William Manchester

Japanese naval officers in dress whites are frequent guests at [Pearl Harbor’s] officers’ mess [and] are very polite…. They always were. Except, of course, for that little interval there between 1941 and 1945.


Tatsuya Ohtawa (Japanese pilot)

We were about to change an island of dreams into a living hell.


Howell Forgy

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!


Franklin D. Roosevelt

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars. Yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between Governments. The once powerful malignant Nazi state is crumbling; the Japanese warlords are receiving in their homelands the retribution for which they asked when they attacked Pearl Harbor. But the mere conquest of our enemies is not enough; we must go on to do all in our power to conquer the doubts and the fears, the ignorance and the greed, which made this horror possible.


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