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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Pearl Harbor remembrance and a warning...

"...December 7, 1941...a day which will live in infamy..."--Franklin D. Roosevelt (D-NY) President of the United States, describing an attack by the empire of Japan, all while they were engaged in "diplomatic" negotiations with the U.S. over their takeover of much of the western Pacific Ocean. (I suppose there is some irony in that FDR was a New York Democrat.)

64 years later we (barely) remember "Pearl Harbor Day" and the entry of the U.S. into the Second World War. A generation that had known the Great Depression entered into that war with a sense of foreboding, but also a sense of adventure, and sense of duty, and sense of national pride.

September 11, 2001...terrorists using jumbo jetliners destroy the twin towers of the World Trade Center, severely damage the nation's military headquarters, the Pentagon, and bring down a jetliner in Pennsylvania. Once again the nation's finest, first the policemen and women and firefighters of New York, and then our military, were on display for the world to see.

So what is the difference between Pearl Harbor and "September 11", as it has come to be known? Franklin Roosevelt had his critics, sure. But then people knew that America's interests were being threatened. Just as they are today. The difference is that America had just come through a time of hardship. We were already of like mind on many things even before the war began. There were "legitimate" nation-states to fight, like the empire of Japan and the Nazi empire of Adolf Hitler.

The problem today is that many people, particularly on the political left, see everything through the prism of the counter-culture of the 1960s and 1970s. They think that any war is a losing prospect and that we should just come home now! "Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 terrorists!," they say. That, and there is no "real economic benefit" to our involvement in the Middle East. Back in the 1940s, it was the war, not the "New Deal", that got us out of the Great Depression. Now, the left would just as soon have us believe that we have no need of having a permanent presence in the Middle East. "We are already too dependent on foreign oil," they say. "This is all about oil!," they say. "We should just get out now," they say.

Make no mistake. We are now engaged in World War III. This is a fight with a much more shadowy enemy. Yes, there may not have been a conventional connection between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. But there was an ideological one. Just as there was between the empire of Japan and the Nazi regime. Now the naysayers on the left say our military is "broken" and that if we think we can win this war we are mistaken.

They are wrong. If we "lose" this war, we will cease to be a legitimate force for good, peace and democracy in the world. Everything we have stood for, like democratic principles and the liberty of the individual, will be subborned by a theocratic regime that will be worse than anything of which Benito Mussolini could have ever conceived. We can and must win this war. Progress has been made in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Too bad the "Bush-haters" will lean towards TREASON every time, rather than support our military and our foreign policy goals.

So may God bless our troops and their mission--they are not the enemy. We have met the enemy, and he is not us. He is a shadowy figure that hates the western world, hates freedom, hates women, and hates liberty of the individual.

Support our troops. Not with a hollow support that says "I support the troops, but not this war of Bush's!" Support them in their mission to bring stability to a troubled region of the world and freedom to those who have seldom known it. God bless them, and God bless this great nation of ours.

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