by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
At the time, we compared it to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That was the moment that aroused the sleeping giant, and filled the people of the United States with “a terrible resolve.” The days that followed were not pleasant. Unprepared for war, Americans died by the thousands in defeat after defeat on distant shores. Only after several months of bad news did we finally turn the tide of the war, and eventually defeated our enemies.
On September 11, 2001, many of us thought that the slumbering nation had once again been awakened, and that we would with firm resolve, defeat those who had killed more of us in one day than died at Pearl Harbor.
Alas, it was not to be. War is bloody, and the lamentations of its widows and orphans remind us of its terrible, terrible cost. Something on the order of three thousand of our best men died in Iraq and Afghanistan and we could not bear the pain. Never mind that about a third of a million of us died in World War Two. Never mind that only when the war went nuclear did we win, avoiding a final battle which would have killed more than double the number already dead.
Our resolve has fizzled, and we are once again where we were on September 10, where we were on December 6.
Do we believe that we will not be soon awakened once again? We will. The only question is, how many of us must die before we finally resolve to defeat the modern day Barbary pirates once and for all?
If 9/11 was not sufficient, will Iranian nukes do the job? Why are we sleeping?