Sunday, September 2, 2007

V-J Day

On this day sixty-two years ago, September 2nd, 1945, representatives of the Empire of Japan signed the instrument of surrender aboard the American battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) in Tokyo Bay.

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur led the delegation which represented the Allied Powers and accepted Japan's unconditional surrender, formally ending World War II.

Less than four years after Pearl Harbor, the perpetrators of that day of infamy had been brought to their knees, and, in their own nation's capital aboard a battleship of the nation they had so treacherously attacked, they threw in the towel on their insane bid for conquest.

In nine days, it will be six years since 9/11, and Osama bin Laden is still at large.



anticant said...

You may well ask!

pela68 said...

That's a good question.
But then again- Is he still alive?

I think the bastard is six feet under. And that's as well!

anticant said...

If he was, surely the famed American intelligence agencies would know?

Yankee Doodle said...

Actually, Anticant, maybe "the famed American intelligence agencies" don't know.

Even if they did, bin Laden may be worth more to someone alive than dead, so it is possible word of his death might not leak out.

That, then (and in answer to Pela), is assuming those in charge of this War on Terror in fact want bin Laden dead.

My bet is they want him alive and at large for a variety of reasons; failing that, they want him taken dead, not alive, so he can't talk.