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Top -- The battleship USS Arizona after a bomb penetrated into the forward magazine causing massive explosions and killing 1,104 men. Bottom -- Dousing the flames on the battleship USS West Virginia, which survived and was rebuilt. (Photo credits: U.S. National Archives)
Memories, like old pictures, fade. History never learned are lessons that must be learned again. There is no strength through weakness. Ignoring enemies does not dismiss them. Avoiding the truth about them does not change the truth. Appeasing them inflames their aggression.
A very large part of the world has governments and people for whom rule of law and rights of the individual are a distant second to the whims of rulers or the demands of their god as interpreted by their rulers. Their need for power is never sated. Only their fear of our power holds them in check.
60 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, our nation was attacked from the air once again. This time, there was the will to fight back, but not the clear vision of who was the enemy and what was the course of action to respond. So while our young men and women fought and died in battles against an ideology, our Congress responded with bickering and in-fighting and gamesmanship.
We now have a president who has neither the stomach or the vision for this conflict and whose main strategy is to leave the battlefield as quickly as possible and wait... for the next attack on America while hoping the conflict will simply go away.
But it will come. And the battles will be fought here.
An excellent post about the attack on Pearl Harbor and its consequences here.