Sunday, December 7, 2008

Day of Infamy

Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. Over 2,000 American servicemen perished, 5 battleships were sunk, and several other ships were damaged or destroyed.Little did the Japanese (or their allies, the Nazis) realize what they had wrought. The attack in 1941 was begun by Japan, but by 1945 America finished it - by the total unconditional surrender of Japan. The Allies had already defeated Germany when Japan surrendered.What makes this anniversary - and America's victory - special is not the military triump of the United States. Wars have part and parcel of history for as long as man has been man. No, what is important is the victory of America's First Principles: the rule of law, unalienable rights, equality, the Social Compact, and limited government. These First Principles separated America from Japanese imperialism and fascist Germany, and have been the sparked that have revolutionized societies all over the world.

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1 comment:

Bob Graban said...

Thank you for the patriotic post, lest future American generations forget.

It is disturbing to me that Jeremiah Wright, Barak Obama's pastor for almost 20 years, would recently make the following [perhaps intentionally] misinformed statement:

"Today is December 7th, the day that this government killed over 80,000 Japanese civilians at Hiroshima in 1941, two days before killing an additional 64,000 Japanese civilians at Nagasaki by dropping nuclear bombs on innocent people."