December 7, 1941, 62 years ago, the Japanese Empire attacked Pearl Harbor. They nearly destroyed our Pacific Fleet and killed more than 2,000 of our soldiers, sailors and airmen. I was 11 years old at the time, but I remember it well. Since then, I have served 21 years in military service, participating in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.
That generation of Americans responded magificently to this sneak attack. They endured rationing of many items. They sent their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers, aunts and uncles off to war. They endured thousands of casualties. The only "exit strategy" they asked for was the surrender of the enemy.
Fast forward to the current generation, beginning with 9/11/01. A brutal and despicable enemy attacked the Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. They killed around 3,000 people, mostly civilians. The Japanese probably had no intention of invading our country. They wanted to destroy our military capacity to interfere with their conquest of Southeast Asia. They attacked a military target, while our current enemy's only intent is to kill, kill, kill, without regard to age or sex, so long as they are Americans or associated with us.