Sunday, December 07, 2008

December 7th, 1941

I am a WW2 Pacific theater buff. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I stood, at 4 years of age, on the memorial above this ship, looked down into the water and knew, that 1,177 men died there, and many were still entombed in the Arizona (BB-39). It was a powerful moment, one that lasts with me to this day.

This is Sunday, December 7th, 2008. 67 years after the attack. It was much quieter at Pearl Harbor today.

It is my firm belief that Franklin Roosevelt was not as great a man, or a leader as we suppose him to have been. He played with socialism while thumbing his nose at the Japanese in places like Wake Island. No one thought the Japanese could attack us that day.

Now we have the White House about to be occupied by a man who wishes to tinker again with the social fabric, while drawing down the military, because there is no one that can threaten us. I fear we will learn the hard lesson again, the only way it is learned. That would be the hard way. I pray this is not so. We were instructed by September 11th, 2001, and we've already forgotten.

The Arizona still weeps tears of oil, about a quart a day into Pearl harbor. It is said that it will continue to do so, until the last survivor of that day, dies. Below, the USS Arizona (BB-39), a ship that carried Presidents, in better days.

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