America’s Periodic 9-11 Orgasm
I was six years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Was that a terrorist attack, or do we excuse it from that definition because it was pulled off by an aggressor nation? A sneak-attack it surely was, as Japan had diplomats in Washington at the time with the stated purpose of de-escalating their aggression in the far East. President Roosevelt had it right when he called it ‘a day that will live in infamy’ as he addressed Congress and asked war to be declared at the very moment Germany was following Japan in declaring war against us.
A ‘sneak attack.’ A day that will live in infamy
Yeah well, 9-11 and Pearl Harbor were both sneak attacks and days that will live in infamy, but the difference is we don’t wallow in the misery on an annual, five-year and (now) twenty-year interval. We’ve had four twenty-year intervals since Pearl Harbor and I may have missed something, but I don’t remember any heads-bowed, moments-of-silence or presidents gathered along the way.
What we did have at …