Mary L. Dudziak on How We Remember Pearl Harbor

by Reihan Salam

Check out this fascinating take by renowned legal historian Mary L. Dudziak:

If World War II is the classic, old-fashioned American war, placing Pearl Harbor in its context – as an event in a longer story of America’s entry into World War II – helps us to see that even during the most iconic 20th century American war, war powers could not be contained within a declared “wartime.”  As we face the contemporary problem of maintaining democratic checks on war powers when war has no boundaries, we should not look back with nostalgia to a time when things seemed clearer.  Instead we find an example of our current troubles in the fuzzy borders of World War II. 

Definitely thought-provoking.

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