Wednesday, December 7, 2011
AMERICA-PRIDE IN THE FACE OF VULNERABILITY
December 7th...a Day that will live in infamy!
The USS Arizona
America learned that no matter how far our shores are away from the other continents, we are as vulnerable as any other citizen of this world.
December 7th, 1941...Pearl Harbor...tranquil, sweetly exotic, laid back...Hawaii, believed it was only vulnerable to the vagaries of the
Goddess Pelé...before December 7th and the early morning attack by the Japanese Military under the code name Operation Al.
353 fighter planes descended on that tranquil paradise. 2,402 people were killed with another 1,282 wounded.
All eight of the Navy's battleships were damaged...
The USS Arizona Memorial
six of the eight were raised, repaired, and returned to service...later, during the advancement of war.
December 6th, 1941. The United States believed it could remain untouched by the dark stain spreading across the rest of the world...
but evil is never content to stop, and others will jump in when they see the success of another's evil to claim their own glory in the rampant fear and misdirection.
America wanted to stay away from the Blitz...away from the
vicious cancer spreading across the OTHER parts of the world.
December 7th changed that. America lost its innocence. America learned what it meant to get angry, but also what it meant to pull together as a
Nation, as a people, as the cornered tiger whose paw has been chomped.
Since December 7th, 1941, America forgot...forgot we cannot be a sleeping giant, turning a blind eye to the rest of humanity.
Our second loss of innocence came almost sixty years later on September 11th, 2001.
Hawaii, an actual island state, discovered being an island is no protection against the spread of the stain of evil...a lesson we learned again on 9/11/01.
This world IS our island, and every creature on it is part of the brotherhood of earth. The stain of darkness cannot be ignored just because for this moment in time it is nothing more than an
inkspot across some far reaching sea, because evil, like cancer, will not stop its spread if we do nothing but turn a blind eye to it.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed December 7th, 1941 a day that will live on in infamy...but until it actually arrives on our calendars...or we are forced to remember the same feelings of having our innocence shattered, do we really give much thought to the lessons we should have learned and held onto? No man is an island...no country is an island...no continent is an island...
Planet Earth is our island, and in that we are ALL of us earthlings, from the smallest
amoeba on...and together we are the ecosystem that keeps Planet Earth turning.
I find it strange we get all excited about finding possible fossilized bacterial life from a meteor of
Mars' landscape. We end up throwing all kinds of news conferences, cheering the scientific world on, and begin dreaming about one day colonizing the red planet while forgetting the lessons we have learned through life's most violent episodes here in a heartbeat of time later.
I was not even a twinkle in the eyes of my parents when the Japanese laid Hawaii low and crippled the Navy of this vast Country...yet I remember.
To all who lost their lives on that unimaginable day, may you know you will always be missed. To the many who died
in the vicious conflicts that followed...thank you for stepping up to stand proud and strong against the stain of evil.
For all those who perished on 9/11...I have this huge poster on my living room closet door to remind all who enter my home...I will never forget.
The Rainbow Bridge of all colors, all species.
And to my brothers and sisters around this planet...
God Bless Us Earthlings, one and all.