Some Enemies Are Still Honorable

By Ronald F. Owens Jr.
November 1, 2017

Japanese Naval Admiral Isoroku
Yamamoto masterminded the December 7, 1941 attack against our U.S. Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Ironically, Yamamoto respected the United States. He opposed attacking Pearl Harbor — where 2,403 of our men were killed and 1,178 were wounded.

Years before December 7, 1941, Yamamoto attended Harvard University. He became fluent in English. Later, he was also assigned to Washington D.C. as Japan’s naval attaché. While in the United States, he played poker with U.S. Naval officers. Touring the country, Yamamoto learned about American society, customs and her industrial infrastructure.

Yamamoto was popular with his men but unpopular with his contemporaries, because he opposed Japan’s military pact with Adolph Hitler’s Germany and Benito Mussolini’s Italy.

He received death threats and was the target of assassination by Japan’s other military (particularly in the Army) nationalists. Since Yamamoto’s opposition to military alliance with Germany and Italy, he seemed to dislike Hitler and Mussolini. I wonder if there’s any documented friction between Yamamoto and Hideki Tojo, General of the Imperial Japanese Army? I ask this question because Tojo was responsible for Hitlerian-like war crimes. I get a sense Yamamoto would have disapproved of Tojo’s war on humanity tactics.

Yamamoto was loyal to his country and Emperor Hirohito, so he viewed planning the attack against the United States as his duty. Yamamoto predicted to his superiors that if the Japanese Navy wasn’t successful knocking off our entire Navy the first few months, Japan would eventually lose the war. His superiors didn’t listen to him. Yamamoto was prescient, because that’s what happened. Our ability to manufacture war matériel was how we won the war.

Yamamoto was shot down on April 18, 1943 by Army Air Force planes over the Solomon Islands.

Yamamoto’s legacy: He was the first to envision using aircraft carriers as a platform to launch attack aircraft.

According to DictionaryDotCom, the definition of “honor” is: honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a man of honor; a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one’s family; high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor; such respect manifested: a memorial in honor of the dead; high public esteem; fame; glory.

According to DictionaryDotCom, the definition of “honorable” is: in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright: They were all honorable men; of high rank, dignity, or distinction; noble, illustrious, or distinguished; worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable; bringing honor or credit; consistent with honor.

I get it. The survivors of 2,403 of our men who died in Pearl Harbor as well as the families of the 1,178 wounded would not consider Yamamoto to be an honorable man.

I get it. Gen. Robert E. Lee fought on the side who enslaved millions of black slaves, including my ancestors. It would be difficult for blacks of today to deem Lee as an honorable man.

I dislike Yamamoto. His military decisions and actions resulted in the deaths of my/our countrymen.

I dislike Lee. His military decisions and actions almost resulted in the Confederacy’s victory and perpetuating the institution of slavery.

But Yamamoto was an honorable man.

And White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was correct when he stated to Laura Ingraham of FOX News, that “Robert E. Lee was an honorable man.”

Stating that someone conducted themselves with honor or asserting that someone is honorable doesn’t mean that you like them or agree with them or approve of them or even disapprove of their actions.

It purely means they were honorable doing what they believed was right — for their country/their emperor (Yamamoto) or for Virginia/the Confederacy (Lee.)

Let’s be adults. Not everyone is going to be on our side in life. We will always have national, political, professional, sports, etc., enemies or opponents. But the question is when and while they oppose us do our opponents have honor and are they honorable?

It’s only natural for Kelly, a four-star United States Marine Corps General, to state that Lee “was an honorable man.”

I’m sure Kelly has read about Gen. Lee and studied Gen. Lee’s battlefield tactics. I betcha, having served in the Marine Corps for more than 40 years, that Kelly has also read and studied Admiral Yamamoto as well.

Generals on the same side and Generals on opposing sides respect one another. It’s only natural for Generals on the same side and Generals on opposing sides to state “General Such and Such” and “General So and So” is/was an honorable man.

But for those who have been vanquished or been victimized by “General Such and Such” and “General So and So,” it’s quite natural for them to not accord them with “honor” nor say they were “honorable.”

Rather than be offended by inanimate statues honoring Lee’s legacy, let’s deal with the political party that started the Civil War in the first place and to this day is treasonous to the United States of America.

I’ve stated this before and I’ll state it again.

The Democrat Party is a rogue, seditious, treasonous and violent political party whose members caused genocide, instituted slavery, defended slavery, tortured the enslaved, promoted secession, separated from the Union, fomented revolution, waged civil war, impeded reconstruction, started the Ku Klux Klan, terrorized former slaves, enacted Jim Crow laws, lynched white Republicans, murdered opponents, lynched black Republicans, enforced Jim Crow laws, discriminated against blacks, assisted the Nazi’s, contributed to the Holocaust, impeded civil rights, created the welfare state, cheated in elections, defrauded electors, championed abortion, defended the butchering of aborted babies, defended the bartering of baby body parts, aided America’s enemies, imperiled American citizens, instigated urban unrest, and facilitated riots.

The Democrat Party should be deemed seditious, designated treasonous, declared illegal, disbanded, demolished and disallowed from ever operating in the United States of America!

(Ronald F. Owens Jr. is the author of “Noah, Preparer of the Ark” and “Judas, Betrayer of Jesus,” Bible stories about biblical people written in their own words.)

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