Monday, December 7, 2009

Pearl Harbor

This is part of an awesome series by Frank Capra (same guy who directed Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) on WWII. It's called "Why We Fight." This is the section on Pearl Harbor and America's transition from isolationism to war:

Sarah Palin on Facebook:

Reflection on Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on the U. S. Naval Station at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in which thousands of Americans lost their lives and our naval fleet was severely damaged. The events of that day, which President Franklin Roosevelt vowed would “live in infamy,” proved for many Americans that aggressors would not simply ignore us if we ignored them.

The attack on Pearl Harbor launched America into the Second World War, and our Greatest Generation did not hesitate when asked to sacrifice for their country. American men enlisted in droves, American women went to work in the factories that became our “Arsenal of Democracy,” and many Americans gave what little money they had to buy the war bonds that funded it all. They stormed the beaches at Normandy and fought on little known islands in the Pacific in the name of liberty.

They don’t ask for our thanks, but I hope we will continue to give it because the sacrifice that began at Pearl Harbor is one of the many events that have defined the United States of America as “the last best hope of man on earth.”

- Sarah Palin

This has nothing to do with Pearl Harbor, but it fits the mood:

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