The Day That Lives In Infamy

Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes.

More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote.

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Seeing is believing vs seeing is denial

Future generations will either be commending our determination and decisions, or they will be condemning our ignorance. Maybe some of each.

Would it be alright if we did get to the moon and made quantum leaps in space, yet succumbed to the ploy of communism right here on earth? Both matter.

Sadly, these are the things we must ponder. It is not a philosophical quandary, those events and actions have real consequences.

I see the way the leftists operate as if anything and everything will be alright as long as it is done through an all-powerful state, with the correct political view. Statists refuse to see that their decisions will affect the world far into the future.

It is like going into an urban setting seeing the graffiti on the concrete walls. Some see that as art — maybe it grows on you — but I can’t help being repelled by it. I would rather see the bare concrete wall than what someone airbrushed on it. Maybe it is me and a matter of preference. The Berlin wall was that way with all the graffiti on it. It was still what it was. Does that make me a minimalist or something? I don’t know.

So seeing Islamism as a threat is much the same. I don’t want to hear someone’s interpretation of it as non-threatening, peaceful – ‘just another organized religion’… blah blah. At some point something is what it is. People fell for the lure of psychedelic peace and love chants in the 60’s, and then there was Charles Manson right in the middle of it. Someone might have said that it was entirely predictable, yet others were horrified at how that could be? I’m sure some well-intentioned people were lured by the peace and love talk about Islam, too, but there is much more going on there. Remember Mohamed Ali, then look at the present Middle East. Both cannot be so. Then many fell for Obama’s rhetoric.

Planes flew into towers and soon some said “American’s chickens have come home to roost.” Good soundbite. And it came from the halls of academia. It echoed from Leftists. Remember those in California saying they would never be attacked because they are “tolerant” people. (New York was intolerant?) When you spread it out there is a constant message in a continuum. Some call it denial. People did not want to believe we would be involved in WWII. Then Pearl Harbor. Much can be made of things and then there is reality. Go back to Thomas Paine writing his pamphlets. Then, even some clergy thought a revolution was wrong and just a simple matter of sitting down with the king.

So “one giant leap for mankind” could come at the expense of freedom on earth. Some may say that is not the way it should happen -both mattered. Though decades later, one wonders what really prevailed? What’s that saying about winning the battle and losing the war? I try to wrap my head around the notion that if we can just beat the threat of Islam, all will be well again. But the greater threat will always be with us – it’s only one example. Islam has been a threat since before the founding of America but somehow it will be ended because someone paints a happy face on it, or conveys its message just the right way? Patience is a virtue, it isn’t stupidity or mere complacency. Is that “One giant leap”?

**A good article posted at Peppermint Farm’s blog helped precipitate this post.

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