Sunday, December 7, 2008
A Date Which Will Live In Infamy
Americans have lost their sense of history.
If you ask the average American what meaning June 6th has, you will probably get a blank stare.
If you ask the average American what meaning December 7th has, you will probably get a blank stare.
We as a nation have lost our sense of history and of the moments that made us what we are.
History is full of dates that changed the course of history and directed the path of Nations.
Yesterday was one of those days. Yesterday we remembered the Imperial Japanese Navy's attack against Pearl Harbor and our Pacific Fleet that ushered us into World War II. Today President FDR went before Congress and asked for a Declaration of War against the Empire of Japan for their attack, a "Date which will live in infamy".
Our entire country mobilized to fight World War II. The War ended the Great Depression and America rose from that as an unsurpassed Industrial Giant who had defeated the Militaristic Japanese Empire and Nazi Germany.
As Admiral Yamamoto said after the attack on Pearl Harbor, "I fear all we have done is awaken a Sleeping Giant and filling him with a terrible resolve". Those were Prophetic Words.
But it begs the question, could today's America rise to the challenge? If we are honest with ourselves, we might not like the answer.