Time to pre­pare for all-out war

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

My gen­er­a­tion has been glo­ri­fied as the “great­est gen­er­a­tion.” Oh, yes, we were great [. . .] but only the Ja­panese bombers struck Pearl Har­bor.

For months, for years be­fore that “day of in­famy” — De­cem­ber 7, 1941 — even as Adolf Hitler marched across Europe [. . .] even as Hideki Tojo swept over Asia [. . .] we Amer­i­cans were the de­batingest, hes­i­tatingest gen­er­a­tion. Our na­tion was riven by bit­ter de­bate.

The iso­la­tion­ists, the Amer­i­can Firsters, fronted by transAt­lantic hero, Charles A. Lind­bergh, ve­he­mently op­posed Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt’s ef­forts to help bat­tered Eng­land. It’s not our war, they pro­claimed, loudly and in­ces­santly.

None­the­less, the day af­ter the Pearl Har­bor dis­as­ter, Amer­i­cans rose as one to fight back and de­feat Tojo and Hitler.

Our peo­ple ea­gerly rushed to en­list in the mil­i­tary forces and in­dus­trial sup­port sys­tems. They built cargo ships and war­ships faster than the Axis could sink them, and built war planes faster than the en­emy could shoot them down.

We were un­pre­pared for a world­wide war and early on took a beat­ing. We lost an army in Africa, and the Ja­panese jug­ger­naut was threat­en­ing Aus­tralia un­til the Marines, armed


with 1903 ri­fles — yes, 1903 ri­fles — stopped the in­vaders on Guadal­canal.

Our per­se­ver­ance, our in­dus­trial might, and the courage of our armed forces fi­nally over­came the Axis in 1945.

Many of us World War II vet­er­ans hoped — some even be­lieved — World War II would dis­cour­age, if not elim­i­nate, war in our time. But it was not to be. We had to fight again and again in Korea, Viet­nam, Bos­nia, the Mideast and other places.

Even so, our coun­try was en­joy­ing a rel­a­tively good life when a small gang of rad­i­cal Mus­lims, who learned how to fly in U.S. train­ing schools, seized three of our com­mer­cial air­lin­ers and hur­tled them into the Twin Tow­ers of New York City’s World Trade Cen­ter and into the Pen­tagon out­side Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Coura­geous pas­sen­gers forced the fourth kid­napped air­liner to crash be­fore it could ram the White House.

How did Amer­ica re­act to this Septem­ber 11, 2001, dis­as­ter? Amer­ica was star­tled and con­fused [. . .] and re­luc­tant to ac­knowl­edge the deadly on­slaught was an act of war.

But some of us vet­er­ans who had ex­pe­ri­enced that 1941 “day of in­famy” rec­og­nized the un­pro­voked at­tack for what it was [. . .] an open dec­la­ra­tion of war against the United States, not by a na­tion but by rad­i­cal­ized ad­her­ents of a re­li­gion, by Mus- lims taught from child­hood to hate us, and sworn to kill us.

We in­vaded Afghanistan, a Mus­lim coun­try, in an at­tempt to kill or seize Osama bin Laden, leader of the al Qaeda ter­ror­ists who car­ried out the di­a­bol­i­cal ae­rial at­tack We have yet to find him. We then in­vaded Iraq in our lead­ers’ be­lief this other Mus­lim coun­try posed an im­mi­nent threat. To­day, Vet­er­ans Day, we find our coun­try in its most dire sit­u­a­tion since World War II.

We are mired in Afghanistan, which shel­tered al Qaeda and its leader, who has vowed to bring down the United States. We are mired in Iraq, where our lead­ers be­lieved Sad­dam had hid­den weapons of mass de­struc­tion meant for us.

And to­day we still face the sworn threat of bin Laden, and mil­lions of Mus­lim rad­i­cals, to kill us, when­ever they can — as they have al­ready been killing Amer­i­cans around the world, blow­ing up our em­bassies, troop sta­tions, even one of our de­stroy­ers. Do you con­sider this sit­u­a­tion an empty threat?

For the U.S., the sit­u­a­tion may get worse. Mus­lim Iran openly hates us, sup­ports our en­e­mies, and is build­ing Pak­istan sup­ports us ten­ta­tively, but a threat­en­ing revo­lu­tion could turn that vast Mus­lim na­tion against us and it al­ready has


the bomb.


Be­fore the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor, we knew — we knew — Hitler and Tojo would one day at­tack us. We sim­ply waited for it to hap­pen. To­day we know al Qaeda and its fa­nat­i­cal fol­low­ers — rad­i­cal Mus­lims, fun­da­men­tal­ist Mus­lims, brain-washed Mus­lims — are taught in their schools to hate Amer­ica, and to kill Amer­i­cans.

We can’t just wait for calamity to hap­pen. It’s time to stop dither­ing and pre­pare our na­tion for all-out war.

I say call up the draft and make it an hon­est draft. Build up our de­pleted, over­fa­tigued armed forces. I say set in mo­tion the key steps we took Pearl Har­bor to re­cre­ate the for­mi­da­ble in­dus­trial ma­chine that helped us win World War II.

I say rec­og­nize that we al­ready are at war with the Amer­ica-hat­ing Mus­lims [. . .] a war I fear will en­dure for 50 to 100 years [. . .] a war we must win, or lose all the free­doms our coun­try up­holds.

now af­ter



Sam Stavisky, a vet­eran Wash­ing­ton news­man, quit work­ing at The Wash­ing­ton Post to serve 34 months with the Marines in World War II, par­tic­i­pat­ing in five en­gage­ments from Guadal­canal up through the Solomon Is­lands in the drive to Ja­pan. In 1999, he wrote “Marine Com­bat Correspondent — WWII in the Pa­cific,” pub­lished by Bal­lan­tine.

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