William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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DECEMBER 7TH – AT 8:34 A.M. ET:  December 7th, 1941, was the first date I became aware of where people – in my parents' generation, actually – would recall exactly where they were when they heard the news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor and that America was at war. 

There are two other dates like that in my own lifetime – November 22, 1963, the date President Kennedy was assassinated, and September 11, 2001, the date of the terror attacks on the United States. 

Remembering Pearl Harbor reminds us of the sacrifices of World War II.  But it also reminds us, as does September 11th, that we can be attacked at any time.  We cannot depend on "intelligence" information.  That did not work for us in 1941, and did not work for us in 2001.  In this era, when an attack might consist of sailing two nuclear devices into American harbors and setting them off, "intelligence" might not even be aware that a potential enemy has the devices.

Such a sneak nuclear attack could kill more Americans in ten seconds than have died in all our wars combined.  But just as we slept in 1941, although aware of possible Japanese intentions, and just as we clearly slept in 2001, we are asleep once more.  The prevailing powers in America, with their amen corner in the media and the academic world, appear to have very little sense of urgency about a new, massive attack on the United States, using unconventional means.  And yet, such an attack must be considered plausible, and even a likelihood, in the 20 years ahead.  As more and more nations acquire weapons of mass destruction, we may not even know who killed us.

Another lesson from Pearl Harbor, applicable today, is our failure to understand ideology.  Americans are not an ideological people.  We are an idealistic people.  We find it hard to understand that people who say they love death more than we love life actually mean it.  In World War II many senior American naval offices could not comprehend the Japanese kamikaze.  And many American officials were entirely skeptical about reports of a holocaust in Europe.

I listened yesterday to a speech by the esteemed Muslim democracy advocate, Dr. Juhdi Jasser, at Gatestone Institute.  Dr. Jasser, often ridiculed by the "sophisticates" in Washington and in our corrupt universities, has for years warned about Islamofascism and what it stands for.  His remarks were chilling.

There are those planning another Pearl Harbor, and we are not prepared, mentally or physically.

December 7, 2012