How does a democracy decide to wage war? At 8:30 pm (check local
listings) on Friday, December 7 - the very day Pearl Harbor was attacked
by Japanese warplanes 66 years ago - David Brancaccio interviews
filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick and the Rev. James Forbes Jr. about
Burns and Novick's epic World War II documentary "The War". Looking to
the past as a mirror to the present, the four discuss how the waging of
war intersects with our notion of democracy.
"It's incumbent upon a democratic society to evaluate what the
arithmetic is -- the cost of war," Burns tells the group.
In addition, in a web-exclusive interview, NOW speaks to BeliefNet's Dan Gilgoff, who shares his insight into the effect of Mitt Romney's speech on religion, the role of faith in the 2008 presidential race, and how America's faithful are reacting. And take note, all you Ron Paul fans: NOW is focusing on Paul and his campaign next week.
March 1, 1942 - Japan invades Java. British Commando raid on French coast. Ground action in North Africa. Labour Party issues pamphlet on Life In A Post-War World. Japan attacks Port Moresby. Fears of an invasion of Australia. Capitol Hill: Court-Martial proceedings against Military commanders accused of dereliction of duty postponed until after the War. Read more...
February 15,1942 - Rumors British forces in Singapore ask for armistice. Japanese prepare to launch offensive against Palembang, largest oil production site in Far East. German Warships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau cruise English Channel fueling fears of pending invasion of Britain. Russians push West, taking 4 towns and pushing Germans back to old Polish border. Congress calls for stepped up war production. Senate begins inquiry on why synthetic rubber production wasn't stepped up before Pearl Harbor in light of losing rubber supply from Far East. Labor troubles with strikes at largest aluminum production facility in Detroit. Read more...
(Sixty-nine years ago on this day, the world became a different place)
The event is fading from view because the participants are slowly fading away themselves. The world has changed in infinite ways since it was December 7, 1941. War is Read more...
Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941
Exactly seventy years ago, on the morning of December 7, 1941 the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked by Japanese Naval and Air Forces in what became the "Day Of Infamy" and America's combat Read more...