Keller @ Large: What We Can Learn From Remembering Pearl Harbor

By Jon Keller, WBZ

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s December 7, 2011, the 70th anniversary of what President Roosevelt called “the date that will live in infamy.”

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

In that speech to Congress hours after the Japanese Navy slaughtered more than 2,400 Americans in the sneak attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor that drew America into World War II, the president said: “Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.”

But has that turned out to be true?

This is a memorial day of remembrance for the Americans who died that day, and also a time to honor the dwindling number of survivors, most now in their 90s. But how many Memorial Days and Veterans Days have gone by in recent years when we’ve wound up discussing the dwindling public interest in commemoration?

“It’s tough to get people to turn out for it, especially on a work day,” the Marshfield veterans’ agent told the Globe the other day of his town’s brief annual Pearl Harbor Day ceremony. “People tend to forget.”

Yes, we do. Pearl Harbor Day does not mark a moment of military victory or national triumph. December 7, 1941 was a date of disaster and horror, the trigger for a war in which more than 400,000 Americans were killed.

War is always a bad memory, and it’s all too human to want to move on, especially as the human witnesses to history fade away.

But ask yourself this question: do I want my great-great grandchildren to be growing up in a culture that barely stops to remember 9-11? Do they know that barely a lifetime ago, a nation that now is a peaceful friend became a violent military aggressor? Do they understand the price that we paid for winning that war, both the magnitude of our casualties and the shame of the incarceration of Japanese-Americans?

If the answer is no, maybe it’s worth taking some time today to educate the young person in your life about what Pearl Harbor Day teaches us of war, the insanity that can start it, the horror it brings, the need to be ready to wage it, and the even greater need to find ways to avoid it.

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One Comment

  1. gramps says:


    Will the ‘Dewey Square Squatters’ take some time today to remember ‘Pearl Harbor’ & the ‘Greatest Generation’ who fought & died for their right to make ‘fools’ of themselves @ South Station…

    Will see.


    1. The Truth says:

      What’s even sadder is there’s a whole generation of kids who think ‘Pearl harbor’ was just a Ben Affleck movie…

  2. tsal says:

    It isn’t about individual groups. It is about the majority of Americans who will not take the time to remember the significance of this date. Can the majority of Americans even tell you the date of the attack on Pearl Harbor? Jon, sadly, I’m afraid your commentary is accurate. As the generation that experienced the disasters passes, the memory will pass with them. Even now – just a decade later – I notice that there are fewer people who attend the local tributes to the September 11 terrorist attack.

  3. RJ OGuillory says:

    No,..what’s even sadder is the National Myth that somehow, somewhere, just out of the blue,….the Japanese people decide to up and attack the US in a”sneak attack” at Pearl Harbor,…..

    ….Not that the Japanese Government of the 30’s and 40’s was not a cruel, fascistic bunch of loons trampling all over Southeast Asia and the Pacific,….


    ….perhaps the reason it is hard to get people out to commemorate “Pearl Harbor” is the fact that we now know the entire US Government was aware of the potential of,… as well as the planned,…”sneak attack”,….or perhaps it is because we know that Roosevelt had planned the embargo and economic attack on Japan as a motivation for the Japanese to attack us?

    Or could it be,…I don’t know,…perhaps we are a bit annoyed that the US Gov/Military knew where the Japanese Fleet was,… had held back critical information to the defenders of Pearl Harbor,… and are actually traitors to their oaths and to the American People,…?

    All because FDR didn’t want to miss this “historic war” in Europe,…as well as “war” all over the rest of the planet,…so like all politicians who desire something they cannot acquire,…they lied, cheated and killed those folks at Pearl Harbor,
    …simply to give FDR his playing field and his entry into WWII.

    Perhaps that is why folks are dwindling in the reverence department and are in the streets of America by the millions as I type,..perhaps we know that the 911 “myth” is nothing more than the same kind of Pearl Harbor “myth”,….and we baby-booming citizens who have been lied to and BS’ed our entire lives don’t really feel like going out and killing anymore non-white folks in order to steal their natural resources and their lands,…?

    …Not that the young men and women who died at Pearl Harbor should be forgotten or abused,…after all, they were just pawns to be moved off the board like everyone else playing the global chess game for resources, power, wealth and control,…..but the folks playing the chess game are national traitors, both on Pearl Harbor and the ridiculously explained 911 BS…….


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

    1. gramps says:

      I was with you until you included 9/11……

      9/11 was brought to the United States by ‘The peoples republic of ‘ISLAM’!


      Remember the ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ attack ….another Democrat myth

    2. roudydowdy says:

      Thank you RJ, Today’s infamy must be shared by all who bear the sword.

    3. FireGuyFrank says:

      Good grief. To suggest that FDR knew the attack was coming AND make the same statement about September 11, 2001, is outrageous. There is NO proof on either.

      Look, can we say as we review how the Japanese were negotiating with the US that maybe we can get a sense they were up to something. Certainly we can look back at a prior attack on the World Trade Center and say that we ought to have considered it a target. Fine. But you can’t go from that failure to say the FDR and W knew it was coming and let it happen. It’s insane.

      Kinda ironic, given the title of the book your shamelessly plugging.

      1. RJ OGuillory says:

        Fire Guy,…

        ….sorry, but you are just dead-wrong regarding the lack of proof regarding Roosevelt’s treasonous conduct related to Pearl Harbor,….and the more current 911 treason,….

        …there are plenty of released documents that show the government was warned for some time before the Japanese attack,…the US Government had set up an economic embargo of Japan for the express purpose of “forcing” the government of Japan to strike back,..thus enabling the President to claim we needed to be in the “big fight”,..i.e. WWII in Europe,….

        ….not to mention the fact that there was a signal corp tech (Corbett) who intercepted coded traffic from the Japanese and they knew intent of the Japanese Fleet and the location of the Japanese fleet days before the attack,….I could go on,..but there is no need to,….in both your comment regarding Pearl Harbor and 911, betray a complete lack of understanding or knowledge of the facts related to either event,….these documents and released message traffic related to Pearl Harbor, as well as millions of other facts and tidbits proves they were “False Flag” attacks designed to manipulate our society to achieve the actions necessary to maintain the wealth and power of the
        controlling elite,….

        ….please, before you respond and make an even bigger ass of yourself,
        …please go online and do some disciplined reading and research about both events,…(Try the website “What Really Happened”)…..afterwards,…if you still think the events occurred in the fashion described by our government handlers,
        ….well, then,..good luck with that,…

        ,…oh,..yeah,…other than 911,…could you let me know how many other steel-framed buildings collapsed from “fire”,.. and,….then try to explain away all of the eye witness testimony regarding huge explosions in the sub-basements of the buildings,..before the planes even hit the building,….

        …..or perhaps you could read up on the Oklahoma City Bombing,…. where earthquake monitoring equipment picked up two separate explosions at the supposed moment of ignition for Timothy McVeigh’s supposed “bomb”,…..

        I doubt this note will be posted,…. as my responses to my initial post are being deleted by someone who thinks they must control the message here,…they must not like my message,…otherwise why would they delete my postings? I’m not using “bad words” and I’m not breaking any rules or being abusive,…..

        ..but they must not like the truth being spread on their website,….


        RJ O’Guillory
        Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

        p.s.- I have some shame, but I’m unsure why my auto-signature indicates a lack of shame,…I am proud of my book and the accomplishment of having it available to the public,….you should try reading it, you’d likely be entertained,…


        RJ O’Guillory
        Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

      2. gramps/gramps says:


        The ‘Twin Towers’ were mainly supported by the ‘outside skin’ of the structure’s & not the inner core….THAT ….along with gravity is what caused the demise of the two buildings……

        FYI:… …..As far as building #7 is concerned:

        The diesel fuel stored (24,000 GAL’s) for the ‘back-up generators’ in the basement ignighted & the heat was contained/centralized in the core basement level, causing after time, the weakening of the main building support system (unlike the Twin Towers,which was supported by the ‘outside skin) & then, like the Twin Towers, ‘Gravity’ did the rest..

        You might take your own advice, which you gave ‘FireGuyFrank’, which was….:
        “please, before you respond and make an even bigger ass of yourself, …please go online and do some disciplined reading and research”

        I ‘do’ agree with your WW ll assessment, with regards to ‘what, when & why, F.D.R. did, & ‘more importantly, what he ‘didn’t do’, with respect to ‘Pearl Harbor’.


    4. Mark says:

      Wow. I guess they left the gates open to he funny farm. Crackpot. Do you actually think Pearl Harbor was anything but a carefully thought out attack planned out well in advance? Come on now, see if you can get a doctor to help you out with the rectal-cranial inversion, ok?

      1. RJ OGuillory says:

        …you’re an idiot,…try reading my posts and considering an alternative point of view,….try doing some research,…then issing your opinion in a more informed manner,…


        RJ O’Guillory
        Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  4. mikey says:

    What we can learn from remembering Pearl Harbor: never let your guard down – stay vigilant.

    1. tsal says:

      That is what we should have learned and what we should have also learned from the Trade Center attacks. I’m not sure if the title for this blog should have been “What can we learning from forgetting Pearl Harbor.”

      1. mikey says:


  5. BostonIrish says:

    Enough. If such horrific attacks are manipulated to point conspiracy of our own government becomes commonplace then the game is over. Stop complaining and get in line. You know the drill.

    Do you really think that these 2 events are even linked? Really?

    1. mikey says:

      It appears to me that the only thing that connects the Pearl Harbor attacks and 911 is a lack of vigilance.

    2. RJ OGuillory says:


      ….if measured by the obvious falsity of the “official version”,,..the treasonous manipulation of our society after the “horrendous attacks”,…and the corrupt, thieving bastards who regularly kill millions in exploitation of the planet’s resources,..

      …yea,..I’d say the two were connected,….and,..btw,…I spent over two-decades travelling the planet and working for the US Department of Defense,…

      ………..Pearl Harbor and 911 are connected in much the same manner that the NFL and the Superbowl are connected,…great theatrical manipulation sponsored by a corporate entity,…wrapped up in a sporting event (though Pearl was a “Patriotic Moment”),….with fans on both sides screaming for revenge and or their team to win,…..

      ….it is all theatrics,….except for the killing, stealing, maiming and destruction of the environment,..along with the disfigurement of depleted uranium babies and such,….


      RJ O’Guillory
      Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  6. Stephen says:

    Glad to see your Pearl Harbor commentary this year.
    Thanks for remembering.


  7. Stephen says:

    Glad to see yourPearl Harbor commentary this year.
    Thanks for remembering.


  8. Stephen says:


    Additional note…
    RJ O’Guillory’s comment exemplifies the distorted mindset of a miniscule group of individuals who refuse to deal with fact, truth and reality. His reality exists in the rumor, half-truths, and the poor to un-documented claims of revisionist historians that lurk behind the scene of so many major events.

    Among many examples of his ignorance, RJ cites the fore-knowledge that Roosevelt and the entire U.S. Government knew of the attack ahead of time. Totally false as evidenced by letters, memoirs and other communications that show suspicion of possible hostilities but no idea of when or where, . And that Roosevelt was using the attack to gain entry into the global war. Too bad RJ neglected the fact that FDR asked for a declaration of war on Japan only, not on Germany/Italy. And it was Hitler et al who declared war on the U.S, four days after Pearl Harbor, not the other way around. There is no evidence whatsoever that the whereabouts of the Japanese fleet was known. As for stealing Japanese resources, RJ should look at what Japan had to offer at the time – they had none. Oil, steel, rubber and a myriad of natural resources did not exist in Japan and their what land did they have that the U.S. coveted?

    I think RJ summed up his rant by using his very own words when he wrote: “I don’t know.” He sure doesn’t.

    Jon, thanks for remembering.


    1. RJ OGuillory says:

      Yes, Jon, are probably correct regarding the “resource” issue,…of course I’m sure that defeating the Japanese in the Pacific and incinerating a half-million of their citizens had nothing to do with the exploitation of resources in those areas over the last 60 years or so,….and I’m sure that by defeating the Japanese Army, Air Force and Government had nothing to do with controlling “Indo-China” and it’s vast array of natural resources,.?,…or,..most importantly to FDR at the time,…war with Japan meant war with Russia,…war with Russia meant war in the European theater,…and access to WWII,…

      What naive, childish, idiocy,….


      RJ O’Guillory
      Author-Webster Groves-the Life of an insane Family

  9. revolution#9 says:

    “give peace a chance”

  10. RJ OGuillory says:


    …with all due respect,…no diesel fuel fire is going to cause a 47 story high-rise to fall into it’s own footprint, almost free-fall speed,…while the charges,.. or “chubs”… I believe are exploding along the corners of the building,…I mean, you can see the explosions as they run down the building,…

    …please, I know this is hard for many of you to accept,..but your government is corrupt, has been corrupt,..and will remain corrupt until the “people” of the US decide to take peaceful. non-violent revolutionary action at the polls to reset our liberties, our form of government and Constitution,….that is why Pearl Harbor is much like 911,…but if you don’t believe me,…let’s ask an American of Japanese ancestry who was locked up in an internment camp right after Pearl Harbor,….

    …because if you have not noticed it yet,..Haliburton is building FEMA internment camps here in the US,..and have even started advertising for services to provide to those camps,….now,..who do you think the government is planning to put in those internment camps this time around,..?


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  11. gramp says:

    Would it be ,YOU?


    1. RJ OGuillory says:

      Yes, Gramps,…

      …it may be folks like me headed for the internment camps,..folks with years of experience among the corrupt folks who run our country, folks like me who know too much about the corruption and have stood tall for over twenty five years as a “Federally Protected Whistle Blower” (Ha, ha!-lot of good that is!)

      …so, when one of you can claim to have stood up under the pressure of trying to do the right thing for over two decades,…perhaps I’ll listen to your’s and other’s idiocy,…

      btw….I posted several pages of documentation regarding Pearl Harbor,…but in their role as “myth-protector”,…the folks controlling this thread refused to allow it in print at this site,….

      …gee, I wonder why that would be..?


      RJ O’Guillory
      Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

      p.s.- as a man who has reached the age of being a “Grand Pa”, one would think you would have acquired some information and opinion on your own regarding the actions of our corrupt government,…so, are you gullible, dense, patriotic or what? Have you not been noticing the loss of your freedoms over the last fifty years?

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