Monday, December 07, 2009
68 years later...
This is the Battleship West Virginia, BB-48. She was in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on that peaceful Sunday morning 68 years ago. She was sunk during that cowardly unprovoked sneak attack launched by the Japanese on December 7th, 1941. 106 of her crew were killed, many still in their bunks.
The West Virginia was only one of the ships that was sunk or damaged just after sunrise on that tranquil Sunday morning. Everyone knows the Arizona, and hers is a story worth knowing to be sure. But the Arizona's was not the only story on that morning. The West Virginia had a story, too. And so did every other ship moored in Pearl Harbor that day.
It's easy to forget these days. Our media proves that every year. They didn't used to when I was young, but back then, I suspect that more of the news outlets were being run by people who actually remembered. Now they're run by people born later who view America as the chief villain on the world stage. Bill Keller, Editor and head scumbag at the New York Times, was born in 1949, too late to be remember the days when better Americans fought and died to save the world from Nazis and assorted Italian and Japanese facists. 2,200 better men than Bill Keller died at Pearl Harbor 68 years ago today. And as expected, there is no mention of it in his newspaper.
But it's mentioned here. And it will be every year. The Liberals may have forgotten the sacrifices of their betters, but Lagniappe and I won't.