Sixty Seven years ago today. We, as a people, as a nation, came together.
“We have witnessed this morning the attack of Pearl Harbor and
a severe bombing of Pearl Harbor by army planes, undoubtedly Japanese. The
city of Honolulu has also been attacked and considerable damage done. This
battle has been going on for nearly three hours. One of the bombers dropped
within 50 feet of (…???taunty-tower…???). Its no joke. Its a real war.”
Heard over WCAE (Pittsburgh) at 4:15 pm, Dec 7th, 1941
United in a common cause, against forces which sought to bring down the freedoms and liberties we had come to enjoy.
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy –
the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval
and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of
Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking
toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after
Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese
Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary
of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated
that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it
contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious
that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago.
During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought
to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to
American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost.
In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas
between San Francisco and Honolulu. …”
From FDR’s “Day of Infamy” address to congress (and the nation), Dec 8th, 1941
It took the better part of four years to bring the Axis to it’s knees. And would have been longer had we not resorted to using the newest and most frightening addition to the nations arsenal, the atomic bomb, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But we did what needed to be done, despite the cost in lives, resources, and monies. And we didn’t stop until the job was finished (Including the post war reconstruction of Japan and Germany.)
Which brings us to today. Better then seven years since the towers fell. Still
we are not even close to ridding the world of it’s current cancer. Much like the axis of old, it too seeks to extinguish the light of liberty, freedom, and individual free will, from all mankind.
We (collectively) bicker, posture, and “nuance” regarding just whom the enemy “really is”. We ignore the enemies own “manifesto” which states repeatedly, it’s objective is to see itself as THE world wide dominating force. Islam planly states there can be no other. And it will achieve that end through any means fair or foul.
It seems even when History , through the grace of God, is deemed to repeat
itself; and there are more then enough folks alive who have either directly or indirectly took part in this “history lesson”. So why … why do we, as a nation, as a culture, so willfully chose to ignore this?
“Remember Pearl Harbor!!” and the lessons learned from the World War which followed.
UPDATE: added a link under “Remember Pearl Harbor!” . Audio clips from around the nation can be found there. Take a minute to listen, as history was made.