What real bravery is….

Real bravery is something that not all people have. Real bravery is something that not all people know about. The armchair generals in Washington DC either do not have it, or they have lost it along the way. John Murtha and John Kerry are two that that statement applies to. Both are vets, though I feel that Mr. Kerry never had true bravery.

I found an article on a site for Mr. William Russell, who is running for Congress from the state of Pennsylvania, running against John Murtha. The page on his site: William Russell for Congress and once there, click on the link named Flight 93 Tribute, which is on the left side of the page, and the article is called Turning the tide, a Tribute to the Passengers of Flight 93. This is a stirring remembrance of what happened on September 11, 2001, by someone who was there.

Here is the story from that page:


Tribute to the Passengers of Flight 93

I would like to pay tribute to those who gave their lives on board Flight 93, as they turned the tied in the fateful battle that occurred in the skies over New York, Washington DC and western Pennsylvania six years ago. I also want to express my deep and personal thanks to the families of those heroes as my family and I personally benefited from their bravery. Much has been written and several movies have already been made depicting the terror and b ravery of the passengers of Flight 93. I would like to focus on what they accomplished in those few minutes of exquisite bravery.

I was in the Pentagon when Flight 77 impacted the building. I was attending a meeting in office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense located on the 2nd floor of the B Ring, between the 4th and 5th Corridors. I was there as a staff officer to attend an emergency meeting to discuss military support to the civil authorities of New York City following the impacts of the two airplanes into the World Trade Center Towers. Although Flight 77 impacted the E ring between the 4th and 5th corridors, and the cockpit ended up 50 meters out and one floor down from the office I was in, I believed it had impacted on the far side of the building where my wife Kasia, who was pregnant with our son Stasiu at the time, was working in the CVS Pharmacy. I remember my boss, COL Joe Robinson, handing me a note to carry to then BG, Chiarelli and I handed it back to him and told him that I was going to CVS. As I ran around the A ring on my way to the Metro entrance concourse I was worried that I might not be able to get to Kasia and praying that she was okay, and wondering what I would do when I got there. As I arrived at the Metro entrance the Pentagon Police were busy evacuating the building and ensuring all the tourists and workers in the area got out. I met Kasia on the concourse just in front of the pharmacy. She asked me what had happened and what she should do because they were told to leave the store and to not take the time to lock the pharmacy. I told her that either a bomb or a plane had hit the building and that she should go home but that I had to stay.

I watched Kasia go down the Metro escalator after a quick kiss and ” I love you”. As I ran back towards the Army Operations Center off the end of the 7th corridor, I was haunted by the thought of a secondary device aimed at the first responders and evacuees of the from the first attack, which was a common terrorist tactic employed in Lebanon. It was seven more hours before I could confirm that Kasia had made the trip home safely by the graces and a ride from a kind lady who remains unknown.

I returned to the Army Operations Center where the staff was confirming the our communications with the National Military Command Center, Army Commands throughout the world, other government agencies and ensuring that we would not have to evacuate our section of the building.

After about two hours our communications were confirmed and there were no messages indicating other attacks outside of the Pentagon and New York. We received word that the medical personnel were running out of supplies at the triage site they had set up near the Pentagon Athletic Center off the 8th corridor of the Pentagon.

I gathered up some first aid kits and made my way out to the 8th corridor. When I arrived outside, I could see approximately 5000 people and was once again haunted by the thought of secondary attacks. In the chaos, I saw people gathered around, helping evacuate and treat the injured and many others trying to stay out of the way but wanting to help and refusing to abandon their friends and coworkers. But out of that chaos, order was slowly emerging. The medical personnel were leading the triage efforts, the injured were being transported, and a group was being organized to go back into the center court yard to assist the Arlington County Fire fighters as stretcher bearers. I passed off most of the larger items in the first aid kits to the medical personnel working on the most serious cases and treated two minor burns and cuts myself. People were using their personally owned vehicles to transport wounded to the hospitals as the ambulances were either in use or stuck in the snarled traffic.

I joined the group of stretcher bearers and we moved back into the building and down the 8th corridor to the center court yard. The stretcher bearers ranged in rank from COLs and Majors on down to junior enlisted and DoD Civilians and contractors all acting as one team to support the brave fire fighters inside the building looking for other injured and fighting the fire. The man in charge of the triage effort in the courtyard was an Air Force Lieutenant General, whose name I do not recall. But I remember him telling us the President had ordered all planes to land but there was still one plane unaccounted for and it was possibly bound for Washington.

I will not tell you that I did not feel a few moments of deep fear in the time it took to distinguish the difference between the roar of the F-16s establishing the air cap over our nation’s capital and that of another inbound jet liner.

But the only air plane sounds were coming from those F-16s and our rescue efforts continued unabated. This was because of those brave souls who, upon learning the fate of three other flights on that beautiful clear morning, determined that they would not go quietly into the night.

Call it fate or the hand of God, but it is fitting that their heroic actions which turned the tide of battle that day should take place in the skies over, and end on the ground that is Pennsylvania. This state has long been the host for many of the turning points in our history which have defined our national character.

The first turning point came during the French and Indian War in 1755 on a road, now covered by Highway 40 in Fayette County. Shortly after chastising a young volunteer Colonial Officer serving under his Command for daring to advise him on tactical practices, British General Edward Braddock found his column ambushed by the French Colonials and their native allies. After Braddock was mortally wounded, it was that young Colonial Officer by the name of George Washington who helped carry him off the field and assumed command, directing the battle and saving the British Regular and Colonial Armies from destruction.

In 1776 it was in the city of Philadelphia where our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence pledging their lives and fortunes, and sacred Honor that this nation might be free. Later that year, it was to Valley Forge where Washington led his nearly defeated and disintegrating Army into winter quarters. As he watched his Army whither while the Continental Congress dithered on whether or not to provide the necessary funding to. Soldiers who were boiling rocks and leaves for sustenance and shoeing their feet with rags. Recognizing that support for independence was declining and that the Army would disintegrate if he did not turn the tide, Washington led his Army back across the ice choked Deleware River on Christmas night to seize the Hessian Garrison at Trenton and turned the tide on the long road toward victory and full independence which came six years later.

Philadelphia again became the site of the where the course of this nation was set in 1789as the founding fathers crafted that magnificent Constitution that has given this country, still one of the youngest on the face of the Earth, what is today the oldest functioning Constitution in the world.

Seventy four years later, on a hill to south of Gettysburg, an abolitionist college professor, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, with only a year of military training was in command of the remaining soldiers of the 20th Maine, which had been devastated by disease and the carnage at Fredericksburg. The 20th Maine was located on the far left flank of the Union Forces. Minutes after arriving at their position, they withstood the first of three fierce attacks from the Texans and Alabamans commanded by John Bell Hood. After the third attack, the men of the 20th were almost completely out of ammunition. Colonel Chamberlain recognized that they could not hold off another attack, nor could he withdraw as either option would collapse the Union flank and leave the Nation’s Capital undefended. Faced with a hopeless situation, this barely trained soldier chose to order his men to fix bayonets and charge the confederate forces as they began their fourth assault. In doing so, the 20th Maine turned the tide of the battle that day, causing Lee to order Pickett’s Charge the next day. The Battle of Gettysburg became the turning point of that war which ultimately proved that a nation founded in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, could long endure.

It was on board that plane over Western Pennsylvania six years ago that a group of passengers, untrained in anti-terrorism tactics or aircraft operations, recognized the face of terror and smacked it in the nose. They could not get off the plane and they could not remain in their seats and knew that their Nation’s Capital or some other city would remain undefended. They made the decision to charge their hijackers and determined that their captors would not inflict additional harm on this nation. Whether Flight 93 was bound for the White House, the Capital Building, or the crowds of responders and evacuees at the Pentagon, those heroes turned the tide of battle that day and diverted what could have easily been the most devastating of the terrorist blows on that day.

On a very personal level, they guaranteed safe passage for my family that day. For this, my family and I extend to those heroes, and their families who had to endure their, loss our deepest gratitude.

Thank you.

William T Russell

Now people, isn’t that a great tribute to the brave souls who lost their life trying to stop the terrorists that day? September 11, 2001 is a memory, that I hope none of us let die.

On that morning we lost 3,000 of our citizens to a senseless attack on the American homeland, in a way that had never been done before, changing forever how we look at the ways we could be attacked. More Americans died that day than on 12/07/1941, the day that will live in infamy, the day that took us into World War II. It is for that reason alone that we should never ever forget, and not forget the weaknesses that we have, so we can fix them or shore them up, so another attack on our home soil will never happen. And the plans for these attacks are out there. Mark my words folks. We need to beware people. Be not complacent.

This week, maybe the last surviving member of the most important event of WW2 died at 92 years young. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In three days two Japanese cities were destroyed and over 150,000 men, women, and children died.
In all during WW2 nearly 300,000 US military personnel died and it’s said that over 55 million men, women and children died world wide from 1939 to August 1945. Included in this is over 6 million Jews. Remember their are some world leaders and some of your fellow Americans who refuse to admit the holocaust happened.

We may never know how many more would have died, if we hadn’t made the hard decision to bomb the Japanese into surrender. General Tibbit’s, until his death believed his mission right or wrong to many, was a mission to save lives.

Today people say we can’t use history to see the future, I and others say if we don’t, we’re destined to relive it yet again very soon.

Our President this week was called mad, because he dared to say a fight with Iran would be paramount to WW3. Personally I say we’re in WW 3 right now. This week we have senators who refuse to confirm President Bush’s choice to the cabinet post of Attorney General because he refuses to call water boarding torture.
To me ANYTHING we have to do, to prevent, one more LIFE from being forfeited, is worthy of the means of how it is gotten.

Please remember WAR IS HELL, WW2 and today’s War on Terror were brought to us, we didn’t bring it to them. They shot the first shot so to speak. As we in WW2 did not back down, hopefully we will not back down now. We will not stop fighting until we have won Victory.

God Bless America
God Bless our Troops
God Bless my readers and listeners


About Robert P. Garding

I am a Reagan Conservative, who is very alarmed at the Liberals who have just lost their majority over our government, but continue to act like it never happened. They have to be stopped. NOW or even sooner.
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10 Responses to What real bravery is….

  1. Dwana says:

    Hi Robert! This post is soooo moving! Too many Americans don’t understand that the world they live in didn’t just happen but is the result of many brave souls paying the ultimate price in wars brought to them by enemies acting out of their own beliefs. Too many Americans seem to think that if we just hate ourselves more our enemies will hate us less. History teaches otherwise, if only we were smart enough to learn from it.

    Keep up the good fight, Robert, and so will I. We whipped Jason and we can whip the rest of them, too!

  2. Angel says:

    most excellent read Robert!..I worked down at Ground Zero for months and saw this first hand …what a stunning reminder!:)

  3. Skye says:

    I’ve met Trower recently and am impressed with this guy.

  4. Jinno says:

    War is Hell, true. But I must say, you’re rather wrong on the subject. WWII and the WoT are two entirely different things. We went into WWII because of a direct attack on our country by another country. We’ve entered war on countries in the name of fighting terror, and instead we’ve become terrorists ourselves. I’m not going to discount those who died on 9/11, but to say that their lives warrant a war where we bomb and terrorize the homes of the innocent, is a lie and blatant propaganda. Rather than attacking countries for “supporting” terrorism, we should probably grasp the concept of terrorism in and of itself. We should have worked with officials of the countries we attacked and established a peaceful military presence with the sheer incentive of helping local governments find and stop terrorist rings. If a country refused we could have handled things diplomatically, we could have worked with neighboring countries to force the other’s hand. Instead, we’ve taken up our arms and killed our brothers of this planet. And we’ve wasted billions of dollars in the process, and we’ve left two countries largely unstable.

  5. elwoodin says:

    Jinno, I have to say NO your wrong. These wars are similar because both started with an attack on our homeland, and we attacked back.

    Now we are fighting terrorism wherever the threat shows it’s face.

    Now, if you will remember back to Deceomber 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor, we had already declared war on Japan, but on that day, we turned around and declared war on Germany. Why? Because they attacked us? NO….we declared war on them because they *gasp* posed a threat! So, in your way of thinking, we became terrorists that day!

    Now the big difference between that day and today is that when we were attacked in 1941, and war was declared on us, we didn’t sit around like we are today trying to figure out if we are doing the right thing…..oh no, we went out and declared war on the enemy and we gave them all we had and took care of business. If we had had dissetents that were listened too then like they are now, we would be a completely different and NOT FREE country today because we would have been beat in world war two. That is what you people out there who say we are wrong are after. Getting America beat because you don’t have the balls to stand up and say that we were attacked and we are going to give it our all and beat the enemy. No, you all want to give in to the enemy so they can come here and beat us. I am tired of cowards.


  6. jinno says:

    There was no attack on our homeland by a COUNTRY, Robert. We’ve attacked countries for the wrongs of terrorist associations. If you recall correctly, Adolf Hitler declared war on us at the same time Japan did. That’s what justified us going to Europe to help our allied nations. They declared first, we declared second.

    Get your history right, and maybe I’ll allow you to call me a coward.

  7. Dwana says:

    Jinno, you’re as confused as that little leftie Jason whom I scared off this blog, hehe.

    You say that the lives of those murdered on 9/11 don’t warrant a war. Well Jinno, how many Americans would’ve had to have died that day for you to say that the US had the right to respond? You talk about history. Need I remind you that more Americans were killed on 9/11 than at Pearl Harbor?

    You say that we have become terrorists by bombing the homes of innocent people. Well, we bombed the homes of a lot more innocent people during WWII than we have now. So we were terrorists then too, according to your warped thinking.

    You say we have killed “our brothers of this planet”. So are you saying that the Germans, Italians, and Japanese we killed during WWII weren’t our brothers, our fellow human beings?

    Like it or not Jinno, we were attacked on 9/11 by people who have said REPEATEDLY that they are AT WAR WITH US! The fact that we weren’t hit by an official country is irrelevant. War has been declared on America and the entire Westen world. Wake up and smell the coffee.

    And another thing about history, Jinno. I have two words to say to you: Neville Chamberlain. Google him.

  8. elwoodin says:

    Jinno…your wrong. There was an attack on American homeland on 9/11/2001….and we did declare war on Germany in 1941. here is a transcript of FDR’s speech on that:

    DECEMBER 9, 1941 — 10:00 PM


    The sudden criminal attacks perpetrated by the Japanese in the Pacific provide the climax of a decade of international immorality.

    Powerful and resourceful gangsters have banded together to make war upon the whole human race. Their challenge has now been flung at the United States of America. The Japanese have treacherously violated the longstanding peace between us. Many American soldiers and sailors have been killed by enemy action. American ships have been sunk; American airplanes have been destroyed.

    The Congress and the people of the United States have accepted that challenge.

    Together with other free peoples, we are now fighting to maintain our right to live among our world neighbors in freedom, in common decency, without fear of assault.

    I have prepared the full record of our past relations with Japan, and it will be submitted to the Congress. It begins with the visit of Commodore Parry to Japan eighty-eight years ago. It ends with the visit of two Japanese emissaries to the Secretary of State last Sunday, an hour after Japanese forces had loosed their bombs and machine guns against our flag, our forces and our citizens.

    I can say with utmost confidence that no Americans today or a thousand years hence, need feel anything but pride in our patience and in our efforts through all the years toward achieving a peace in the Pacific which would be fair and honorable to every nation, large or small. And no honest person, today or a thousand years hence, will be able to suppress a sense of indignation and horror at the treachery committed by the military dictators of Japan, under the very shadow of the flag of peace borne by their special envoys in our midst.

    The course that Japan has followed for the past ten years in Asia has paralleled the course of Hitler and Mussolini in Europe and in Africa. Today, it has become far more than a parallel. It is actual collaboration so well calculated that all the continents of the world, and all the oceans, are now considered by the Axis strategists as one gigantic battlefield.

    In 1931, ten years ago, Japan invaded Manchukuo — without warning.

    In 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia — without warning. In 1938, Hitler occupied Austria — without warning.

    In 1939, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia — without warning. Later in ’39, Hitler invaded Poland — without warning. In 1940, Hitler invaded Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg — without warning.

    In 1940, Italy attacked France and later Greece — without warning.

    And this year, in 1941, the Axis Powers attacked Yugoslavia and Greece and they dominated the Balkans — without warning. In 1941, also, Hitler invaded Russia — without warning. And now Japan has attacked Malaya and Thailand — and the United States — without warning.

    It is all of one pattern.

    We are now in this war. We are all in it — all the way. Every single man, woman and child is a partner in the most tremendous undertaking of our American history. We must share together the bad news and the good news, the defeats and the victories — the changing fortunes of war.

    So far, the news has been all bad. We have suffered a serious setback in Hawaii. Our forces in the Philippines, which include the brave people of that Commonwealth, are taking punishment, but are defending themselves vigorously. The reports from Guam and Wake and Midway Islands are still confused, but we must be prepared for the announcement that all these three outposts have been seized.

    The casualty lists of these first few days will undoubtedly be large. I deeply feel the anxiety of all of the families of the men in our armed forces and the relatives of people in cities which have been bombed. I can only give them my solemn promise that they will get news just as quickly as possible.

    This Government will put its trust in the stamina of the American people, and will give the facts to the public just as soon as two conditions have been fulfilled: first, that the information has been definitely and officially confirmed; and, second, that the release of the information at the time it is received will not prove valuable to the enemy directly or indirectly.

    Most earnestly I urge my countrymen to reject all rumors. These ugly little hints of complete disaster fly thick and fast in wartime. They have to be examined and appraised.

    As an example, I can tell you frankly that until further surveys are made, I have not sufficient information to state the exact damage which has been done to our naval vessels at Pearl Harbor. Admittedly the damage is serious. But no one can say how serious, until we know how much of this damage can be repaired and how quickly the necessary repairs can be made.

    I cite as another example a statement made on Sunday night that a Japanese carrier had been located and sunk off the Canal Zone. And when you hear statements that are attributed to what they call “an authoritative source,” you can be reasonably sure from now on that under these war circumstances the “authoritative source” is not any person in authority.

    Many rumors and reports which we now hear originate, of course, with enemy sources. For instance, today the Japanese are claiming that as a result of their one action against Hawaii they hare gained naval supremacy in the Pacific. This is an old trick of propaganda which has been used innumerable times by the Nazis. The purposes of such fantastic claims are, of course, to spread fear and confusion among us, and to goad us into revealing military information which our enemies are desperately anxious to obtain.

    Our Government will not be caught in this obvious trap — and neither will the people of the United States.

    It must be remembered by each and every one of us that our free and rapid communication these days must be greatly restricted in wartime. It is not possible to receive full and speedy and accurate reports front distant areas of combat. This is particularly true where naval operations are concerned. For in these days of the marvels of the radio it is often impossible for the Commanders of various units to report their activities by radio at all, for the very simple reason that this information would become available to the enemy and would disclose their position and their plan of defense or attack.

    Of necessity there will be delays in officially confirming or denying reports of operations, but we will not hide facts from the country if we know the facts and if the enemy will not be aided by their disclosure.

    To all newspapers and radio stations — all those who reach the eyes and ears of the American people — I say this: You have a most grave responsibility to the nation now and for the duration of this war.

    If you feel that your Government is not disclosing enough of the truth, you have every right to say so. But in the absence of all the facts, as revealed by official sources, you have no right in the ethics of patriotism to deal out unconfirmed reports in such a way as to make people believe that they are gospel truth. Every citizen, in every walk of life, shares this same responsibility. The lives of our soldiers and sailors — the whole future of this nation — depend upon the manner in which each and every one of us fulfills his obligation to our country. Now a word about the recent past and the future. A year and a half has elapsed since the fall of France, when the whole world first realized the mechanized might which the Axis nations had been building up for so many years. America has used that year and a half to great advantage. Knowing that the attack might reach us in all too short a time, we immediately began greatly to increase our industrial strength and our capacity to meet the demands of modern warfare.

    Precious months were gained by sending vast quantities of our war material to the nations of the world still able to resist Axis aggression. Our policy rested on the fundamental truth that the defense of any country resisting Hitler or Japan was in the long run the defense of our own country. That policy has been justified. It has given us time, invaluable time, to build our American assembly lines of production.

    Assembly lines are now in operation. Others are being rushed to completion. A steady stream of tanks and planes, of guns and ships and shells and equipment — that is what these eighteen months have given us.

    But it is all only a beginning of what still has to be done. We must be set to face a long war against crafty and powerful bandits. The attack at Pearl Harbor can be repeated at any one of many points, points in both oceans and along both our coast lines and against all the rest of the Hemisphere.

    It will not only be a long war, it will be a hard war. That is the basis on which we now lay all our plans. That is the yardstick by which we measure what we shall need and demand; money, materials, doubled and quadrupled production — ever-increasing. The production must be not only for our own Army and Navy and air forces. It must reinforce the other armies and navies and air forces fighting the Nazis and the war lords of Japan throughout the Americas and throughout the world. I have been working today on the subject of production. Your Government has decided on two broad policies.

    The first is to speed up all existing production by working on a seven day week basis in every war industry, including the production of essential raw materials.

    The second policy, now being put into form, is to rush additions to the capacity of production by building more new plants, by adding to old plants, and by using the many smaller plants for war needs.

    Over the hard road of the past months, we have at times met obstacles and difficulties, divisions and disputes, indifference and callousness. That is now all past — and, I am sure, forgotten.

    The fact is that the country now has an organization in Washington built around men and women who are recognized experts in their own fields. I think the country knows that the people who are actually responsible in each and every one of these many fields are pulling together with a teamwork that has never before been excelled.

    On the road ahead there lies hard work — gruelling work — day and night, every hour and every minute.

    I was about to add that ahead there lies sacrifice for all of us.

    But it is not correct to use that word. The United States does not consider it a sacrifice to do all one can, to give one’s best to our nation, when the nation is fighting for its existence and its future life.

    It is not a sacrifice for any man, old or young, to be in the Army or the Navy of the United States. Rather it is a privilege.

    It is not a sacrifice for the industrialist or the wage earner, the farmer or the shopkeeper, the trainmen or the doctor, to pay more taxes, to buy more bonds, to forego extra profits, to work longer or harder at the task for which he is best fitted. Rather it is a privilege.

    It is not a sacrifice to do without many things to which we are accustomed if the national defense calls for doing without it.

    A review this morning leads me to the conclusion that at present we shall not have to curtail the normal use of articles of food. There is enough food today for all of us and enough left over to send to those who are fighting on the same side with us.

    But there will be a clear and definite shortage of metals for many kinds of civilian use, for the very good reason that in our increased program we shall need for war purposes more than half of that portion of the principal metals which during the past year have gone into articles for civilian use. Yes, we shall have to give up many things entirely.

    And I am sure that the people in every part of the nation are prepared in their individual living to win this war. I am sure that they will cheerfully help to pay a large part of its financial cost while it goes on. I am sure they will cheerfully give up those material things that they are asked to give up. And I am sure that they will retain all those great spiritual things without which we cannot win through.

    I repeat that the United States can accept no result save victory, final and complete. Not only must the shame of Japanese treachery be wiped out, but the sources of international brutality, wherever they exist, must be absolutely and finally broken.

    In my Message to the Congress yesterday I said that we “will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.” In order to achieve that certainty, we must begin the great task that is before us by abandoning once and for all the illusion that we can ever again isolate ourselves from the rest of humanity.

    In these past few years — and, most violently, in the past three days — we have learned a terrible lesson.

    It is our obligation to our dead — it is our sacred obligation to their children and to our children — that we must never forget what we have learned.

    And what we have learned is this:

    There is no such thing as security for any nation — or any individual — in a world ruled by the principles of gangsterism. There is no such thing as impregnable defense against powerful aggressors who sneak up in the dark and strike without warning.

    We have learned that our ocean-girt hemisphere is not immune from severe attack — that we cannot measure our safety in terms of miles on any map any more.

    We may acknowledge that our enemies have performed a brilliant feat of deception, perfectly timed and executed with great skill. It was a thoroughly dishonorable deed, but we must face the fact that modern warfare as conducted in the Nazi manner is a dirty business. We don’t like it — we didn’t want to get in it — but we are in it and we’re going to fight it with everything we’ve got.

    I do not think any American has any doubt of our ability to administer proper punishment to the perpetrators of these crimes. Your Government knows that for weeks Germany has been telling Japan that if Japan did not attack the United States, Japan would not share in dividing the spoils with Germany when peace came. She was promised by Germany that if she came in she would receive the complete and perpetual control of the whole of the Pacific area — and that means not only the Ear East, but also all of the Islands in the Pacific, and also a stranglehold on the west coast of North, Central and South America. We know also that Germany and Japan are conducting their military and naval operations in accordance with a joint plan. That plan considers all peoples and nations which are not helping the Axis powers as common enemies of each and every one of the Axis powers.

    That is their simple and obvious grand strategy. And that is why the American people must realize that it can be matched only with similar grand strategy. We must realize for example that Japanese successes against the United States in the Pacific are helpful to German operations in Libya; that any German success against the Caucasus is inevitably an assistance to Japan in her operations against the Dutch East Indies; that a German attack against Algiers or Morocco opens the way to a German attack against South America and the Canal.

    On the other side of the picture, we must learn also to know that guerilla warfare against the Germans in, let us say Serbia or Norway, helps us; that a successful Russian offensive against the Germans helps us; and that British successes on land or sea in any part of the world strengthen our hands.

    Remember always that Germany and Italy, regardless of any formal declaration of war, consider themselves at war with the United States at this moment just as much as they consider themselves at war with Britain or Russia. And Germany puts all the other Republics of the Americas into the same category of enemies. The people of our sister Republics of this Hemisphere can be honored by that fact.

    The true goal we seek is far above and beyond the ugly field of battle. When we resort to force, as now we must, we are determined that this force shall be directed toward ultimate good as well as against immediate evil. We Americans are not destroyers — we are builders.

    We are now in the midst of a war, not for conquest, not for vengeance, but for a world in which this nation, and all that this nation represents, will be safe for our children. We expect to eliminate the danger from Japan, but it would serve us ill if we accomplished that and found that the rest of the world was dominated by Hitler and Mussolini.

    So we are going to win the war and we are going to win the peace that follows.

    And in the difficult hours of this day — through dark days that may be yet to come — we will know that the vast majority of the members of the human race are on our side. Many of them are fighting with us. All of them are praying for us. But, in representing our cause, we represent theirs as well — our hope and their hope for liberty under God.

  9. Dwana says:

    Absolutely stirring!! But if George W. Bush had delivered such a speech it would be denounced as a fascist, warmongering rant by today’s left-wing “pacifists” hellbent on defeat, not peace.

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