What a Difference 65 Years Makes
No need to rehash the time and date...we all know it-or should. But what I find myself thinking about today is how vastly different we, as a country, are now.
65 years can be a lifetime or just a drop in the bucket, depending on what you are comparing. 65 years ago we didn't hesistate to do what HAD to be done, and the world was better for it, at least temporarily.
What the hell has happened to us?
I've known some Pearl Harbor vets. And even into their 70's and 80's they were hesistant to speak of that day. They could tell you of youthful, silly pranks and wild stuff that happened during shore leave during that time leading up to it, but the actually attack? One old feller I once knew would only say "I lost alot of good friends that day." and then he glanced away, his old man's eyes welling up. We just left it at that. His memories too sorrowful to speak of any further and the likes of which I can never imagine.
Back then political correctness was unheard of. We weren't hamstrung by it and all the second guessing and pussyfooting it causes. We went out, kicked ass, and did what had to be done. End of story.
September 11th, 2001 was immediately labeled "the Pearl Harbor of our time". OK, I'll buy that...it was, but the reaction has been soooo different.
At Pearl, a lot of good men in service to their country died. That was always part of the bargain when you signed on the line and took the oath. That maybe you could be killed or be forever maimed. They knew this.
The folks at the World Trade Towers were civilians. They had no reason to think that that day would be their last. And we lost more people that day than at Pearl. And most of us saw it unfurl, in real time, on our t.v.'s. Unedited, unfiltered.
And yet...that wasn't enough it would seem.
We're the bad guys.
We're the facists.
We're the nazis.
We're the "haters". (how friggin' grade school is THAT label?)
What the screaming blue bloody hell has happened to us??!
Political correctness has castrated us to the point of death.
I can't dare to think what it will take to rally us for the long haul, as one nation as we did back in 1941, if 9/11 couldn't.
Misha has put in his two cents-as I knew he would- on the anniversary, in his usual no holds barred style.