Christians celebrate approximately 2,000 years of Christian traditions, and remembrances. Jews celebrate approximately 8,000 years of Jewish traditions, and remembrances. Unnumbered cultures remember unnumbered traditions and Americans celebrate American traditions and remembrances.
We celebrate American events such as the Fourth of July, Labor and Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Flag Day, Mother's and Father's Day, and of course, Veteran's Day.
This past December 7th was also a day America must never forget. There are fewer Americans now that actually remember 1941, but our then president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, proclaimed December 7 a day that would live in infamy. Almost 2,400 Americans died on a beautiful Sunday morning in Hawaii, struck down in a vicious attack by an enemy intent on destroying our nation in a yet undeclared war against our country.
Over the past few decades I have noticed that there seems to be a growing remembrance of what actually ended that war. Many Americans seem to think that the total destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan was wrong.
President Truman had the terrible burden of making the decision to take action to end a war or continue waging countless conflicts which would take the lives of thousands of more American servicemen. A heavy burden blessed with the right decision.
I've made the point before that the U.S. hasn't won a war since 1945. Yes, we've waged countless battles, lost hundreds of thousands of lives, but the conflicts in which we've been engaged seem to end with a line in the ever- changing sands of time. War is still full-time in Iraq.
With respect for the "day which will live in infamy," I do.n't see a serious recognition that any recent president has acknowledged the true meaning of "jihad." I offer my solution in the form of J.R.'s "Cliff" Notes: It's 1993 and Somalia is suffering under a massive famine.
American lame-stream media runs over, without sandwiches, and sends us live footage of starving children. Americans demand action. President Clinton sends troops. U.S. servicemen are killed, their bodies dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.
American lame-stream media sends footage. Hollywood makes millions on a 2001 film "Black Hawk Down." That's the same year we experienced "World Trade Center Down." Several nations swear to destroy America.
Send in President Truman. A lumbering old C130 flies over Mogadishu, drops leaflets in English and Arabic, "In 24 hours the city of Mogadishu will no longer exist!" Twenty-four hours later American bombers drop enough explosives to totally obliterate forever the city of Mogadishu, Somalia.
No one in the Middle East, especially those of the extremist Islamic tradition, will "mess" with America for many, many decades. War over. Sadly, President Clinton had no military experience, wisdom, or forethought for our nation. We now "battle" over what his missed opportunity left us.
Alexander Hamilton once said, "Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others."
First, if you don't know who Alexander Hamilton was, go back to American History 101. Second, wars America has won have been thrust upon us. Does anyone know why the Marine's Hymn says, "From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli?"
About 150 years ago our nation, a democratic republic, proudly sang our "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Here are some of the words: "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish'd rows of steel, As ye deal with my contimners, So with you my grace shall deal; Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel since God is marching on." and, "Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him. Be jubilant, my feet. Our God is marching on."
These are the principles on which America once had faith and hope.
Our current Commander-In-Chief is inexperienced in military matters, in economic and business matters, in domestic and foreign relations. He is most experienced in campaign speeches and is perhaps the greatest flim-flam man in America.
The "Separation of Church and State" will be our demise and we will suffer the consequences in infamy. If you like your Constitution, you can keep it.
God bless our veterans of WWII and all Pearl Harbor survivors.