Nostalgic memories of a bygone era when patriotism was still politically correct…

Memories from a bygone era!!!

These WW II posters are a reminder for all of us that this Freedom that so many take for granted today, is not at all free; but it came at a very high cost!!!

Times have sure changed between then and now!

On 9/11 our nation was the target of a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda, on that infamous morning of September 11, 2001.

It was on that morning that 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners.

The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings.

Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others besides.

The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

The fourth plane crashed into a field, near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C.

There were no survivors from any of those other two flights.

So on 9/11 our country suffered the loss of nearly 3,000 victims, not including the 19 hijackers who died.

According to the New York State Health Department, there were 836 responders, including firefighters and police personnel, who were killed, or have since died as of June 2009, as a result of the attack.

Among the 2,752 victims who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, there were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City, and also from the Port Authority.

There were 184 people who were killed in the attacks on the Pentagon; and the overwhelming majority of casualties were mostly civilians, including nationals from over 70 other countries.

In addition, there was at least one secondary death – as there was one person who was ruled by a medical examiner to have died from lung disease due to exposure to dust from the World Trade Center’s collapse.

So I think it is fair to say that our losses on 9/11 where even greater than the losses we suffered at Pearl Harbor.

On that infamous day in June 7th, 1941 there were four U.S. Navy battleships that were sunk (two of which were raised and returned to service later in the war); and all of the four other battleships present were damaged.

The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and one minelayer.

There were 188 U.S. aircraft that were destroyed; 2,402 personnel were killed and 1,282 were wounded.

The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked.

Japanese losses were relatively light, with only 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost; and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. And one Japanese sailor was captured.

This attack on Pearl Harbor was a major engagement in World War II and it came as a profound shock to the American people.

Domestic support for isolationism, which had been strong prior to the attack, disappeared completely after the attack.

Germany’s ill-considered declaration of war on the U.S., which was not required by any treaty commitment, moved the U.S. from clandestine support of Britain (for example the Neutrality Patrol) into active alliance and full participation in the European Theater.

Despite numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action, the lack of any formal warning by Japan, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led to President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaiming December 7th a date which will live in infamy.”

Compared to what we see happening today, during WW II most of America united, and our citizens even rallied behind one common cause; and unlike today most of Hollywood was strongly behind the war, and there were many actors who enlisted or were drafted.

There weren’t any anti-war protests because America then realized that a great evil was threatening to invade our country and rob us of our Liberty and our future.

Well folks, we find ourselves facing a very similar situation today, and it’s the same Devil and same evil that threatened us then, who is again threatening us today, only worst; and if we are to take into account the warnings of Scripture, we can know for sure that what we are about to face is a far worse crisis, than anything we experienced in WW II; and that is according to what Jesus said, when He called this a time of “Great Sorrows, ” that would be the worst time this world has ever known, or ever will know again!

So where is America so far in this pending crisis… well most are completely oblivious to the dangers that threaten us, and are fast asleep, or worse they have their heads in the sad, either too afraid or too self absorbed fighting their own battles, to offer any resistance; and to make matters even worse, the most dangerous enemy we face today to both our sovereignty and our liberty, is not from any enemy from without, but our greatest threat is from within, among our own government, and among our own elected officials!

May God help us to wake up; and may Christians and even citizens who are unbelievers, may we all united together behind our common cause, which is to save our country; and restore our Constitutional Republic!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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