Wednesday, December 07, 2005

"This is not a drill."

I was taught to remember this day. My old man never forgot it.

Many so-called peace activists seem to remember only how the war with Japan ended. But I remember the young Americans who were attacked on a Sunday morning.

The enemies of America tend to mistake America's freedom and goodness for weakness. If you are not free, I suppose America can seem hard to understand.

Still, one must ask: One doesn't sneak attack the weak, right? Or use terrorism? Maybe America's enemies have known more than they let on.

After Pearl Harbor, Yamamoto later worried that Japan had awoken a sleeping giant. He was right. In fact, he was right in ways he couldn't begin to imagine.

Indeed, the ultimate irony and testament to the greatness and goodness of America that flowed from December 7, 1941 is the Japanese democracy that we now completely take for granted.

Fast forward 60 years.

A little more than four years ago, maniacal totalitarians stuck another knife in the back of America.

Yet today, democracies are being built in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The enemies of freedom should let this sleeping giant lie.