President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of American was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
It was with these words that FDR began his address to a joint session of congress on December 8th, 1941. It’s appropriate that on this day, sixty-five years later, we take time to consider the historical significance of the chain of events that emminated from the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Many Americans at the time had no interest in being dragged into World War II and getting us involved “over there”. Appeasement was the “policy” that many subscribed to. The Europeans of course did so and because of their weakness, the Nazi’s made their move without much fear of anyone, other than the British who they knew would stand in their way.
I shudder to think what the world might be like if those Americans had “won the day” and convinced the rest of us that defeating Nazism wasn’t worth the cost. Perhaps the only “good” that came out of that tragic day at Pearl Harbor was that it was an enormous “wake-up call” for all of America.
After the events of that day, there was no longer any question as to whether or not America would become involved in the War. It was simply a matter of exactly when and where would we make our first moves and how soon could we get the war machine up to speed to enable us to defeat those that wanted to see us dead.
Like many Americans today, I wasn’t even born when Pearl Harbor was attacked, but it has always left a deep impression upon my psyche. I was of course alive when the next great “wake-up call” for America came on September 11th, 2001. I’ll never forget that day, as it is seared into my consciousness and even today, more than five years later, I get angry when I think about that day.
The thing that makes me the angriest is the “appeasement” mentality of many Americans even today. A glaring example of this is the “bipartisan” recommendations released by the Iraq Surrender Group just one day before the 65th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
I’ll not go into a lot of details, but what strikes me about the 79 recommendations of this group is the utter “unremarkable” nature of the vast majority of them. Many of them are nothing more than a rehash of the policies we’ve had all along. In a few cases they are patently absurd.
The notion of asking the Syrians and Iranians to help us out in Iraq is naive at best (I’m trying to be “nice”). They’re behind much of the violence and weapons there. It makes you wonder what Baker and the boys have been smoking.
There is only one way to win a war and it has nothing to do with diplomacy or dialogue. Victory comes about by defeating your enemies. Nothing more, nothing less. The young men of “our greatest generation” understood this. They not only understood it. They actually DID it and defeated our enemies, but not without much sacrifice.
Have we not learned anything in the intervening sixty-five years? Do Americans today NOT realize the price that must sometimes be paid to win? Sometimes, I wonder. I really wonder.
Read and hear FDR’s request for a declarationÂ of war here.
And for those of you who may have forgotten the details of this tragic event, clickÂ here. ( Be sure to click on the “Attack Map”)
Premo Mondone, Jr.
RamblingsÂ of a Reaganite