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February 25, 1942

The American mainland has been shelled by a Japanese submarine. This will spur America. This is the kick she needed. The U-boat fired 20 shells, according to the British radio. The attack occurred shortly after President Roosevelt’s nationwide address.

My Japanese neighbors are celebrating. This is Japan’s greatest hour.

In downtown Manila, the people were happy. “This will wake America,” they said.

Perhaps in America they will also rejoice. But it will not end there. I can see America smarting from a slap, buckling down to work, determined to even up the score.

There is nothing as fierce as a wounded lion.