December 7th, 1941… “A day that will live in infamy.”
Being a word guy, I figured I ought to look up infamy, because here lately it seems like we have forgotten quiet a few things, least of which is the attack on Pearl Harbor.
1. extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, outrageous act
2. infamous character or conduct.
3. an infamous act or circumstance.
Certainly, Pearl Harbor qualifies. But then so does the attack on the World Trade Center, the London Subway bombings, the JFK assasination, and our own civil war. How many times have we heard that if we forget history we are destined to repeat it?
If you don’t get anything out of this, remember this: Our enemies want us to forget. They want us to be complacent. They want us to be at each others throats, because when we are engaged in our own petty arguments, we aren’t looking at them. Frankly I would rather be safe than right.
The Wikileaks recent data dump should also live in infamy. Most people have become so numb to news that they may not appreciate the danger this situation poses. One aspect of this are the specific places where our security could be threatened – soft targets identifed that would cause a big disruption of communications or severe economic repercussions from an attack. In other words, it’s a hit list of where to bring terror to our country. Now those targets might not be any big secret, but the fact that we are very concerned about them is.
Julian Assage, founder of Wikileaks, is not guilty of treason because he is not a citizen of our country. His actions are nothing less than blatant attacks on our national security. It surprises me that the administration has not dubbed Assage a terrorist and sought him out for espionage crimes against the US. The administration seem more interested in getting fingernail clippers from grandma at airport security than aggressively going after those truly dangerous thugs threatening our safety.
I started out this blog by quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt as he addressed a joint session of congress on the day following the Pearl Harbor attack. Just before he ended that speech, he said this:
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
I submit that this statement is true to this day. It is not the time for political correctness or a light touch. Political correctness allowed an Army Major to murder thirteen brave Americans at Fort Hood, Texas, when all the signs of his politics and leanings were there. It is a time for those entrusted with our security to be allowed to do their job and if that involves profiling our enemies, so be it.
We’re in a new world. We’re in a world in which the possibility of terrorism, married up with technology, could make us very, very sorry that we didn’t act. ~Condoleezza Rice