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Thursday, 16 February 2006

The Hand of God--another thought


What was necessary--or sufficient--to deflect the first attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941?

The entire Pacific Fleet, minus its aircraft carriers, wasn't sufficient.
The entire air wing on Ford Island wasn't sufficient.
The newly installed radar that picked up the incoming Japanese planes wasn't sufficient.
Advance warning of the attack from the spooks on Purple Code detail wasn't sufficient.

The attack occurred, unannounced and unhindered; the planes circled back for another pass and continued to do so until they exhausted their weapon load. The few planes that rose up to oppose them were just as likely to be shot down as were their targets.

What further resources could the US possibly have marshalled to defend against the anticipated attack of 1941? Yet it turned out to be a bloodbath; more American sailors died in the Battle of Pearl Harbor than in any battle before or since.

So . . .

What was necessary--or sufficient--to deflect the second attack on Pearl Harbor in 1968?

The SOSUS net wasn't sufficient-- it wasn't aware of K-129's location until after the launch was initiated.

The squadron of subs based in Pearl Harbor wasn't sufficient to detect the presence of K-129 hundreds of miles closer in than her assigned patrol area.

The Nike Zeus ABM system, developed to "Prevent a Nuclear Pearl Harbor," wasn't sufficient. It had already been put on hold due to unreliability.

The thousands of Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Special Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor were not sufficient. None of them were aware of the impending attack.

The spooks in their cubicles at Barbers Point knew nothing of the top-secret planning behind the attack. Hours after attempted launch, they noted in their intercept records that K-129 had uncharacteristically observed radio silence after leaving port, but by then it would have been far too late to do anything about it.

In short, despite billions worth of topline equipment, and a million-man military in a high state of Cold War readiness (two spook platforms having been recently taken by the Communists)--none of this availed anything to protect the lives and property of virtually everyone on Oahu island.

What more was needed than everything an armed and ready America could throw up in its defense? Prayer.

What was sufficient to make a nuclear missle blow up on launch, killing only its launch crew and sinking only its launch platform? One righteous man in ferverent prayer.

" I exhort FIRST OF ALL supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for . . . all who are in authority, that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life. . ." 1 Timothy 2:1

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