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Sixty-six years ago today an enemy which we ignored, an enemy which openly militarized while under the guise of "friendship and peace", attacked us at our naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

USS Arizona
USS Arizona
Since that time our nation has truly changed. Citizens gave their lives that day. Acts of heroism were taken that will probably never be known. Our country joined together in a common cause.

At the time Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated in his speech to Congress "this form of treachery shall never again endanger us". Looking around now though we were attacked again in September 11, 2001 due to becoming complacent. The country came together again... for about 6 months. Sixty-six years on from Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and just over 6 years from September 11, 2001 this country is rife with complacency that pretty much ensures that "this form of treachery" will occur again.

USS Arizona Memorial
My only question is will that treachery come from without or from within? You can only ignore a problem for so long before it rears its ugly head and bites you.

My thoughts go out today to my fellow sailors who died that day sixty-six years ago as they did their job or were caught completely by surprise and didn't have time to react before being killed. My thoughts are also with the civilians killed that day.

It's a shame that in all this time our leaders still seem to have their eyes closed to potential threats among us. Have we learned from history?

From the official Navy Website

Twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged: the battleships USS Arizona (BB-39), USS California (BB-44), USS Maryland (BB-46), USS Nevada (BB-36), USS Oklahoma (BB-37), USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS West Virginia (BB-48); cruisers USS Helena (CL-50), USS Honolulu (CL-48) and USS Raleigh (CL-7); the destroyers USS Cassin (DD-372), USS Downes (DD-375), USS Helm (DD-388) and USS Shaw (DD-373); seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV-4); target ship (ex-battleship) USS Utah (AG-16); repair ship USS Vestal (AR-4); minelayer USS Oglala (CM-4); tug USS Sotoyomo (YT-9); and Floating Drydock Number 2. Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged, the majority hit before the had a chance to take off. American dead numbered 2,403. That figure included 68 civilians, most of them killed by improperly fused anti-aircraft shells landing in Honolulu. There were 1,178 military and civilian wounded.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Speech to Congress December 8, 1941 (See video below)

Mr. Vice President, and Mr. Speaker, and Members of the Senate and House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 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.

The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation.

As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole Nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

FDR making the "infamy" speech
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Signs Declaration of War Against Japan
Franklin D. Roosevelt signs
the declaration of war against Japan
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. I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

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

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

(Videos below)

A short documentary on the Pearl Harbor attack

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Speech to Congress on December 8, 2007

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The 1941 Japanese must be slapping themselves on the forehead.

Instead of bombs all they had to do was show up on our shores 50,000 a month, proclaim they were good for our economy by doing the jobs Americans won't do, protest for their "rights," and Ted Kennedy, Dianne Feinstein, and GW would all be having us speak Japanese today.

Posted by: ken pope on December 9, 2007 04:37 AM

Today's threat isn't from immigrants (legal or otherwise) who come here, but from the greed-ridden, anti-American slime who hire and house them for profit. Who wouldn't go to another country to make 100 times more money when their children were hungry? Our country's economy has been decimated by pure greed, outsourcing our manufacturing base while insourcing cheap labor. The tax cuts passed by Bush and the government BY THE RICH, FOR THE RICH ravaged our treasury, putting us on the same course as the Roman Empire, just before it began to crumble. "Love of money is the root of all evil," yet those "Christians" who voted for Bush the 2nd time - knowing he was the AntiChrist - cared nothing about the well being of this great country. If you voted for this treasonist piece of trash, you are a traitor and should change heart, rise up and take these congressmen and filthy rich who's gluttony has put the United States at the doorstep of bankruptcy out to the shed. Time for them to pick a switch and be beaten with it. Time to take the money they've stolen by bribing the government into enacting the legislation (including the bail-outs) that brought us to this point. Time for REVOLUTION!!!

Posted by: Robert Kope on December 7, 2008 11:03 AM

Bush,the anitchrist??LOL!!!!!!! what does any of this have to do with Pearl Harbor? We lost mnay Americans that day ,as we did on sept 11th. We need to unite instead of blaming.where has that gotten us of ar? As far as the bush tax cuts. why is it the "American dream" to come to the Unite dstates and work hard and make money to live a good life is all of a sudden a bad thing? Presidant bush is trying to help all of us.God Bless you all..apparently you need many prayers..

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