Movies About Pearl Harbor Neglect To Note That Japan Attacked American Empire

The critically-acclaimed “From Here to Eternity,” starring Burt Lancaster, in 1953. More clips and streaming options. For description, plot, reviews and background, click.

The critically-panned “Pearl Harbor,” starring Ben Affleck, in 2001. For description, plot, reviews and background, click.

How America Hid Its Empire: “The United States likes to think of itself as a republic, but it holds territories all over the world – the map you always see doesn’t tell the whole story,” by Daniel Immerwahr, (UK) Guardian, 2019:

“What those films don’t show is what happened next. Nine hours after Japan attacked the territory of Hawaii, another set of Japanese planes came into view over another US territory, the Philippines. As at Pearl Harbor, they dropped their bombs, hitting several air bases, to devastating effect.

“The attack on Pearl Harbor was just that – an attack. Japan’s bombers struck, retreated and never returned. Not so in the Philippines. There, the initial air raids were followed by more raids, then by invasion and conquest. Sixteen million Filipinos – US nationals who saluted the stars and stripes and looked to FDR as their commander in chief – fell under a foreign power.

“Contrary to popular memory, the event familiarly known as “Pearl Harbor” was in fact an all-out lightning strike on US and British holdings throughout the Pacific. On a single day, the Japanese attacked the US territories of Hawaii, the Philippines, Guam, Midway Island and Wake Island. They also attacked the British colonies of Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong, and they invaded Thailand.”

This is a brief excerpt from ‘s 2019 book, “How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States.”


Coming to Terms With American Empire


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