A Day that will Live in Infamy

Pearl Harbor survivor William Muehleib stands at attention during the National Anthem during the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the US into a war with Japan. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Pearl Harbor survivor William Muehleib stands at attention during the National Anthem during the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the US into a war with Japan. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

College Republicans at Texas Executive Board | December 7th, 2012

Today, we pay tribute to thousands of brave Americans who lost their lives on December 7th, 71 years ago, as result of sudden aerial attack from then Imperial Japan. There should be no doubt that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a game-changer in history: it allowed the U.S. to give up its isolationist stance and proactively intervene abroad. The U.S. involvement during the war arguably ended it sooner, allowing countries to rebuild and return to normalcy after years of global suffering. The men and women stationed in O’ahu were believers of freedoms and liberty. The world was divided at that time between peaceful nations and imperial hegemonies. On the European front, the Nazis invaded Soviet Union and advanced to the gates of Leningrad by December of 1941. In the meantime, thousands of Jewish people were sent to concentration camps, deprived of life, liberty, and basic human dignity. On the Asian-Pacific front, the Sino-Japanese war has been raging on mainland China for years. The Japanese forces ruthlessly massacred thousands of Chinese civilians in the city of Nanjing in 1937, raping innocent women and committing massive looting across the city. The atrocities committed during the war seem so far-fetched from present realities, at least among free nations. However, let us not forget that even today there are many injustices remain around the world, in certain parts of Africa and in the Middle East. History would have turned out differently if the Americans were not involved during the war. If we have indeed chosen to pursue isolationism at the time, then we would have forsaken the cause of liberty for all, and the free world would have then been at the mercy of violent dictators, whose psychopathic avarice for power was an affront against human progress. The brave men of women who fought under our banner in WWII deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for their sacrifices not only for our country but indeed for humanity. Their memories will live on as we proceed to preserve and maintain the legacy of freedom passed down to our generation. God bless America.

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About Danny Zeng

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