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DY: In Just a Few Words (#60)

Have we really learned anything?

Today marks the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a day President Franklin Roosevelt said will live in infamy. And, indeed it has.

2335 U.S. citizens perished that day from a sneak attack without warning. An estimated 400,000+ of our compatriots died in the conflict that followed. All together, more than 75 million people worldwide died as a result of World War II.

Pearl Harbor Day is the opportune time to ask ourselves what the world has learned from these violent conflicts.

Perhaps nothing.

Today, powerful nations including the United States, China, Russia, Australia, India, France and Germany are all working to develop hypersonic warheads that can travel at the speed of 17,000 miles per hour. Talk about capacity to launch sneak attacks! What does winning that race accomplish? More loss of life? Who wins when that happens?

I think NOW is the time to get away from global insanity and to focus on what really matters for the future of our planet.

  • Food security

  • Global health

  • Education

  • Clean environment

Only when we fix those issues will peace and real security (to say nothing of brotherly love) follow for one and all. That’s worth thinking about on Pearl Harbor Day.


DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.

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Dec 15, 2021

Yes, if this blog is shared among many, it can make an impact. Perhaps the author should try a syndicated column, he's certainly at that level.


Dec 15, 2021

Bravo. Short. To the point. Will anyone with the power to execute these priorities do so? I have hope, and doubt in equal measures.


Dec 08, 2021

Outstanding, it is so right it should be illegal.

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