The War in the Pacific and its Legacy

On this day in 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered. The formal instrument of surrender would not be signed until September, but World War II was finally over. The Japanese threat in the Pacific that had dragged the United States into the war four years earlier had been eliminated, but 74 years later, the conditions in the Pacific are today closer to that of December 1941 than they are August 1945.

When we talk about World War II and its legacy, most of the talk is on Europe. There are good reasons for this. Adolf Hitler can rightfully be considered…