Omar Campbell: Patriotism lacking |

Omar Campbell: Patriotism lacking

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor triggered World War II.

Sept. 11, 2001. Twin Towers. Trigger of World War III?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, were he still alive, would have called Sept. 11 “a day that will live in infamy.” Dec. 7, 1941, marked a coming together of public opinion – split at the time by pacifism by some, and the reality by others that our very freedom and way of life were sorely threatened. If we had not mobilized and fought in Europe, the Pacific and North Africa, German might be the language most spoken in the world today.

Sound familiar? Most of today’s liberals have not lived the history following Pearl Harbor. Because of partisan politics and an ignorance of the lessons of history, they do not see the coming worldwide threat of radical Islamic fundamentalism. Should the radicals win, our choices will be to convert or to kneel at a chopping block. The new world order would be a caliphate, probably headed by an ayatollah in Iran.

I was dismayed after Sept. 11, when the House and Senate approved the action in Iraq, to hear President Bush say that we citizens should just relax and pursue life as usual. After December 1941, we had conscription; rationing of gasoline, tires, butter, etc.; sale of bonds to finance the war effort; and a sense of participation and patriotism that is lacking now.

Omar Campbell

Steamboat Springs

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