This time, it really is Sunday, December 7, though it is some 73 years after the fact. The men who lived through that terrible day are fewer this year than they were last as time takes its toll. But we must still remember that day, that “date that shall live in infamy”.
It is said that our military has a slogan–“No more Pearl Harbors.” Perhaps they do, perhaps not. We have certainly had events in recent times that have had similar impact upon us, 9/11 in particular. However, we have reacted to that event so differently than we reacted to Pearl Harbor. Instead of working together to defeat our enemy, we have become our own enemy, passing laws such as the mis-named “Patriot Act”, surrendering bits and pieces of our freedom for a bit of temporary safety–or at least, that’s what we think we are doing,
I have to wonder what the 2,403 men who died in the Pearl Harbor attack would think of that?