There was a reason Japan attacked Hawaii in 1941. It was not only because it was the closest U.S. state from Asia, but it also was host to one of the largest American military installations in the Pacific at Pearl Harbor.
Fast forward to 2017.
In the escalating conflict between America and North Korea, the communist nation has threatened to strike the island of Guam, a U.S. territory, with its nuclear warhead.
Guam is even closer to Asia than Hawaii, and it continues to host a huge American military presence and facilities.
North Korea claims it has the capability of firing a missile directly at the U.S. Mainland, California to be exact.
But like the Japanese attack that triggered World War II, a strike on Guam is a symbolic strike on America. But it is also a strike on the U.S. military, whose installations are just hours away from the Korean Peninsula.
But can you imagine if the Philippines still hosted the U.S. military at Clark and Subic? The country could have been a strategic target by North Korea in terms of proximity and military target. It seems the Philippines’ decision to say goodbye to U.S. bases more than a quarter of a century ago may have saved the country from being caught in the potential crossfire between North Korea and America.
It is also ironic that while Guam is a convenient target for North Korea, the fact remains that as a territory, the island does not directly participate in electing U.S. presidents. Like other U.S. territories, citizens living in Guam didn’t have a hand in electing Donald Trump who now threatens North Korea with fire and fury if it does, indeed, attack Guam.