Infamy and Forgetfulness
In case you have been lulled or duped into forgetfulness…here is a 2 minute video clip from the History Channel of FDR’s speech in which he declared to the nation that we were at war. Watch and remember.
Jim Lloyd has offered the following thoughts on Pearl Harbor Day:
“Just a quick thought on December 7th. My Dad had already joined the 7th Air Corps and was home awaiting assignment when the attack happened. He was there within the month and remembered PT boats going out every morning scooping up body parts. We have become too politically correct to remember the truth.”
Pearl Harbor Day
Seventy years ago today, the Imperial Empire of Japan conducted a surprise attack on the American Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing without warning, more than 2,400 American service personnel and starting our official involvement in World War II. Our great nation eventually led the world to victory over the Japanese and Germans and established our place as the dominant force on the planet for peace and freedom.
Many sub-cultures have evolved world-wide in the ensuing years which, in order to promote their own false and historically inaccurate views have slanted history to report that the USA was the aggressor and should apologize for historically inaccurate events.
The father of the current occupant of our White House was one such individual. And his son, using his office as the current occupant of our White House, has campaigned world-wide apologizing for historically inaccurate facts. The USA was NOT the aggressor in the second World War, Mr. Obama, Germany and Japan were. And this great nation saved the world by defeating these two nations decisively. Period. No apologies are necessary for our nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. None.
To have let the war continue another year or two would have cost this great nation another million or so young lives. The cream of the crop. And at that time, the Empire of Japan was promoting suicidal resistance. President Truman had a very clear decision to end the war ASAP. And as the current occupant of our White House, shame on you for distorting history against us. Shame on you!
God bless this great Nation, and God save us from persons of your persuasion.
Jim’s thoughts, and the personal story that prompted them, remind me that it is our duty to pass along the history and the memories of our nation so they are not lost or squandered. President Roosevelt aptly referred to December 7th, 1941 as “a date which will live in infamy”, but memory is more easily erased than would ever have been believed in the aftermath of the sudden, deliberate and devastating attack upon our country at Pearl Harbor 70 years ago.,
Here is another clip meant to pique interest in what happened at Pearl Harbor, and it does a good job of it. It is an 8+ minute video, from Reader’s Digest Classic Collection-WWII Combat Chronicles©MMIV Questar Inc.
For a wealth of information on the bombing of Pearl Harbor and events leading up to the attack as well as all sorts of information about what happened in the wake of the devastation, you can visit PearlHarborDay.org.
There are many good links on this site, but one thing I found most interesting was the personal account of a veteran who was there, written by Brandi Dean. It provides insight beyond the bombings and the battle into the character and heart of the people who were there that day. You can find that story by clicking this link: Veteran Remembers Pearl Harbor.
Lastly, one of the great things about going back and watching old clips and listening to the recordings even of the interruption of television and radio broadcasts to announce what happened is that we get glimpses of and hints into the world of the past and of the kind of people we once were as a nation… Intriguing.
Our past is a treasure. We must remember it and guard it closely. It has much to tell and teach us, things that could preserve our future if we’d take heed.