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Sleeping Giants and Twin Towers

Friday, 14 September 2001 12:00 AM

Whether Yamamoto actually said this is questionable, but he might have — he had lived in America and knew us well. But even if he never made the statement, it was a correct one, as Japan discovered less than four years later. The admiral did not survive to learn the accuracy of his prediction, however. He died when we shot down his plane.

Dictators and fanatics have a bad habit of underestimating republics, and especially America:

Perhaps most important, fanatics and dictators tend to be obsessed with their own ideology, so that they do not learn from history. The Kaiser told his troops to imitate the ferocity of the Huns, but as he discovered at Belleau Wood, Huns are no match for U.S. Marines. Hitler told his troops that they were the "master race," but as he discovered on the beaches at Normandy, the "master race" was no match for the multiethnic U.S. Army. The Japanese warlords told their troops that Americans were too weak to fight in jungles, but as they discovered on one Pacific island after another, the "weak" Americans were anything but.

Whether or not Yamamoto actually said what was attributed to him, the lesson is worth heeding. No matter how lazy and lethargic they seem, sleeping giants are best left undisturbed. But if you are unwise enough rouse them, you had better be prepared for the consequences.

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