Famous words from a past conflict similar to todays.
It seems that in that conflict they learned the price that the "giant" would exact.
Remeber though that in the case of Pearl Harbor that it was a military attack on a military target.
In todays attack the cowards are terrorists. Terrorists attacking and killing innocent civilians. Not a military attacking military. Not that a military attack is "better" just that a terrorist attack is far, far worse.
For too long the "sleeping Giant" has become complacent. We have lived a comparitively good and prosperous life, relatively unaffected by the strife in other parts of the world.
Clearly today the "Giant" is once again wide awake. And very, very upset.
Hopefully today will mark the day that common sense once again becomes the core principal in how we live our lives and make our decisions.
Common sense in both our restraint in the short term, and common sense in our ultimate and ongoing response and treatment of these situations in the future.
Despite the "nuke em" sentiment that we all feel right now we must use common sense in dealing with this attack in the short term. The terrorists would love to become martyrs by drawing us into this conflict. IMO we must resist, regardless of how hard it may be.
On the other hand when it comes to ongoing response I believe the exact opposite. In the early days of our country we worried far less about microanalyzing every last effect of a given action. If it was a reasonable certainty that you had rustled cattle you didn't get a chance to rustle cattle ever again.
Today, in our ongoing quest to be politically "correct" we have become little more than deer frozen in the headlites. We KNOW these problems exist - we know the headlites are bearing down upon us, yet we are unable to act.
In my opinion we've become afraid or at least unwilling to take action where common sense dictates that action is warranted.
I think it clear that it is highly likely that this is the SECOND attack on the World Trade Center by the same group. This demented group has taunted us for a very long time. Only by the grace of God did we avoid todays exact same scenario in 1993 in the first attack.
Yet those responsible were able to not only continue walking the face of the earth but were able to plan a mass terrorist attack on multiple targets and carry out that attack undiscovered. These terrorists were not interested in simply making a statement, they wanted to cripple the country.
They chose flights headed to California, which would have maximum fuel loads to inflict maximum damage. I am certain that we will find out that the last flight, the plane that crashed in PA, was targeted for the Capital or White House.
Common sense should have dictated our response to these people, and others like them, over the many similar incidents over the past many years.
Instead we've done little or nothing but rattle a sabre now and again.
Today I hope we and our leadership have learned a valuable lesson, unfortunately at a horrible and tremendous cost. Once again we must start using common sense in addressing these issues with appropriate and reasoned response.
This time there can be no indecision, respond me must . . .