Monday, June 06, 2005

Terminal Futility

This article from Slate is just more of what we have been hearing for a long time, but this is what struck me:
The time elapsed between Sept. 11, 2001, and today's writing (1,364 days) is only slightly less than the time between Pearl Harbor and the unconditional surrender of Japan (1,365 days).

Whoa.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, but they needed 2 nukes to do it.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Rico said...

Is that a suggestion?

7:56 AM  
Blogger lpmiller said...

No, just saying that when you drop a couple of nukes, it does tend to speed things up a bit. I mean, if we hadn't used nukes, I'm thinking it would have taken twice the time to do the job. So I'm not sure it's a totally fair comparision. On the other hand, aside from the nukes, the miltary power of the USA and Japan were a lot more evenly matched, but Japan was pretty much maxed out as far as resources went. Perhaps they would have folded almost as quickly, or it could have dragged out for years longer. No way to be sure.

Of course, when Japan folded, the accepted it and you didn't have the insurgent groups you do now. They took losing as a religous failing of the emperor, as opposed to taking it as a religious calling to fight harder.

You know, the cultures of the two countries are so different, I'm not sure there really is a fair way to compare the two in terms of time spent.

12:32 PM  

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