Sunday, July 15, 2007

Remember when we'd just go to war without questioning it? Boy those were the days...

Just got this via mass email. A friend of the family sends tons of these... you probably have one too. The email goes on at length that Bush's strategy is fine, it's just this lazy nation that isn't up for it cause were all dazed by porn and easy living. This kind of thinking is based on some kind of nostalgic fantasy that the United States of the 1940s was somehow morally and ethically superior to the 2000s version. Let me just speak for myself in saying that if we had Nazi's or some other global force ready to invade the United States, and if a president like Franklin Roosevelt asked me to join the military to defend my country, I would go without question. The difference that this fellow doesn't get is that al Queda is not Nazi's Germany, and George Bush is CERTAINLY not FDR. Since WW2, we have fought wars for a great many reasons OTHER than saving the world (or your family) from fascism. And in the long list of "good old days" memories that the writer pines for, the internment of Japanese-Americans doesn't seem to be in this list. The good 'ol days weren't always good. I bet this guy has a lot to say about "that darn rock and roll making them worship the devil and turn them into sodomites."

MY POINT: People are willing to sacrifice, even their own lives, but don't expect them do it for nothing.

Anyway, here's the email:
"This really needs to be read and shared!
Subject: Bush's Error !!

I don't know who the author is but he makes some very good points...... President Bush did make a bad mistake in the war on terrorism. But the mistake was not his decision to go to war in Iraq. Bush's mistake came in his belief that this country is the same one his father fought for in WWII. It is not. Back then, they had just come out of a vicious depression. The country was steeled by the hardship of that depression. But they still believed fervently in this country. They knew that the people had elected their leaders, so it was the people's duty to back those leaders. Therefore, when the war broke out the people came together, rallied behind, and stuck with their leaders, whether they had voted for them or not or whether the war was going badly or not. And war was just as distasteful and the anguish just as great then as it is today.

Often there were more casualties in one day in WWII than we have had in the entire Iraq war. But that did not matter. The people stuck with the President because it was their patriotic duty. Americans put aside their differences in WWII and worked together to win that war. Everyone from every strata of society, from young to old pitched in. Small children pulled
little wagons around to gather scrap metal for the war effort. Grade school students saved their pennies to buy stamps for war bonds to help the effort.

Men who were too old or medically 4F lied about their age or condition trying their best to join the military. Women doubled their work to keep things going at home. Harsh rationing of everything from gasoline to soap, to butter was imposed, yet there was very little complaining.

You never heard prominent people on the radio belittling the President. Interestingly enough in those days there were no fat cat actors and entertainers who ran off to visit and fawn over dictators of hostile countries and complain to them about our President. Instead, they made upbeat films and entertained our troops to help the troops' morale. And a bunch even enlisted.

And imagine this: Teachers in schools actually started the day off with a pledge of allegiance, and with prayers for our
country and our troops!

Back then, no newspaper would have dared point out certain weak spots in our cities where bombs could be set off to cause the maximum damage. No newspaper would have dared complain about what we were doing to catch spies. A newspaper would have been laughed out of existence if it had complained that German or Japanese soldiers were being "tortured" by being forced to wear women's underwear, or subjected to interrogation by a woman, or being scared by a dog or did not have air conditioning.

There were a lot of things different back then. We were not subjected to a constant bombardment of pornography, perversion and promiscuity in movies or on radio. We did not have legions of crackheads, dope pushers and armed gangs roaming our streets.

No, President Bush did not make a mistake in his handling of terrorism. He made the mistake of believing that we still had the courage and fortitude of our fathers. He believed that this was still the country that our fathers fought so dearly to preserve. It is not the same country. It is now a cross between Sodom and Gomorra and the land of Oz. We even have the wicked witch of the west as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.

We did unite for a short while after 911, but our attitude changed when we found out that defending our country would require some sacrifices.

NOW HEAR THIS! We are in great danger. The terrorists are fanatical Muslims. They believe that it is okay, even their duty, to kill anyone who will not convert to Islam. It has been estimated that about one third or over three hundred million Muslims are sympathetic to the terrorists' cause

Hitler and Tojo combined did not have nearly that many potential recruits.

We either win it - or lose it - and you ain't gonna like losing !!!"

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