Seventy-four years ago today marked the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The worst attack on American soil up until that point, with 1,177 USS Arizona crewman killed including twenty-three sets of brothers.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt iconically stated, today is "a date which will live in infamy". And indeed it is.
The first episode I listened to of the podcast was called, "The American Peril" and I would (gently but firmly) urge you to listen to it immediately (for a myriad of reasons that I'm sure I'll vomit all over you in a long, detailed, upcoming #MCM post).
However! As of now, with this being my VERY FIRST POST (!!!!) on this website that I've been wanting to launch forever (and working on with the precision of a freaking gemcutter), let's get into it.
As someone who laughs way too hard at those stupid "Bush caused 9/11" memes online (you know the "jet fuel can't melt steel beams" type), I was fascinated to learn Bush wasn't the only one to experience conspiracy theories after a national attack hit.
After the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the same conspiracies proliferated about FDR. People back then thought that FDR planned the attack so we could join World War II for his own selfish reasons.
This blew my mind.
I'm not even quite sure why; it's one of those knock-me-over-with-a-feather-DUH moments. It's incredibly easy to believe that a conspiracy theory would emerge after an attack like that. But the conspiracy theory has been almost completely lost to history as I was taught.
I've been thinking ever since about which conspiracies linger and which don't. I think Kennedy Assassination will always be of supreme interest. Yet, Pearl Harbor, which pulled us into a war we were pretty chill with staying dafuq away from for a while there, is pretty cut and dry. There's no doubt it was Japan, there's not a thought to the extent that like, WHAT IF FDR DID THAT SO WE WOULD GET ENGAGED IN A WAR WE DIDN'T WANT?!
It's an interesting thing to think about. And it's super interesting to think that "Common Americans" (like yours truly) of that time, sitting at home thinking the President caused Pearl Harbor.
That totally happened.
A day which will live in infamy.
And here we sit, seventy-four years later, where no one talks about the attacks, or the fact that people didn't even think they were legit!
On that note: Welcome to Girls Talk Too! Happy birthday to my little baby blog.
P.S.: My best friend and I were talking about the Korematsu case this weekend, and I'm just going to leave this here, because while I'm as pro-America as they come, we can all admit (and learn from) our past and mistakes.