Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A date which will live in infamy

From Ed Morrissey at HotAir on that infamous date 70 years ago today:

Before December 7th, 1941, most Americans believed that there was little need to concern ourselves with foreign conflicts, and that our own US Navy meant that the two oceans that separate us from Europe and Asia would keep us secure. By the end of the next day, those illusions of isolation and security had been shattered, and the US put firmly on the path to asserting itself as an eventual superpower. The Washington Times interviewed a handful of surviving veterans of the attack on Pearl Harbor, whose recollections reflect the shock that the attack gave this nation, and the end of our illusion of security:

That generation has done its job in carrying the burden of keeping that day alive for Americans. It’s time for the succeeding generations to pick up that burden ourselves. Wikipedia has links to sites where readers can learn about the attack that transformed our nation, and there are plenty of books on the subject, too. Let the torch be passed, for as one of the men in the clip rightly says, our freedom today is owed in large part to the men and women who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor, and those that followed them into battle afterwards. Their stories deserve to be remembered, and the lessons must be taught to avoid another Pearl Harbor in our future.

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