Victory at Midway
The victory in the Battle of Midway destroyed most of the Japanese fleet, giving them a defeat they never expected. This changed the balance of sea power in the Pacific, which also changed the direction of the war with Japan. Just a few months after the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, the United States had reversed the course of the war and became the aggressor against the aggressor.
It has always fascinated me how a small island nation like Japan could even imagine that it could defeat the United States. Indeed, after Pearl Harbor, on of their senior officers said, “I am afraid we have just awakened a sleeping giant.” That turned out to be very prophetic.
In this day, many wonder how a small, fanatic bunch of radical muslims could imagine attacking the United States with the goal of taking us over altogether. And yet, that is precisely what they wish to do. If Japan had conquered us, we would all be speaking Japanese now. If the Islamists conquer us, we will all be under Sharia Law.