The Jade Monkey

I didn't have a superiority complex until inferior people gave me one.

Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States


Americans have known wars...

Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy.

Powerline reproduces FDR's speech and, as always, it seems to me impossible not to hear President Bush's address to Congress of 21 September, 2001 playing side by side with Roosevelt's (I hold a special liking for Bush's, partly because I hold a special liking for the man, but also because I had to translate parts of it into Latin). I am sure every December 7 since 2001 has seen people better than I mark the similarities in message and mission; nevertheless, I will do so as well as tribute to the fallen and the fighting.

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars, but for the past 136 years they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war, but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning.

Americans have known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.

We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

Even grief recedes with time and grace. But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come.

In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may he watch over the United States of America. Thank you.

Bush's speech in particular remains one of the finest I have ever heard, and it reminds us that we have indeed known wars, seen our enemy before. On this day of remembrance, may we never forget that our challenge is no less grave, that our response, and the outcome, must be the same.

May we also never forget our soldiers. Today's a good day to give (thanks to Keaukina for the list - today also seems a good day to plug a Hawaiian name).


Blogger Keaukina said...

Dear Jade Monkey,
Thanks for the link. I'm enjoying reading your blog! Aloha to my fellow Texan.

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