Quoting the NYTimes as a source for unbiased and truthful news is like saying your opinion is to be taken as the only truth. Sorry, not into facist media.
Sorta looks like you fail, huh?
Nope. Read the above statement I made. So when a school principal suspends bullies, he's going to create more bullies. Great way to "think it through".
Pearl Harbor Attack Presents Parallels, Lessons for Terror War
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON - Sixty-five years ago tomorrow, the United States
endured an attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that for the next 60
years -- until Sept. 11, 2001 -- stood as the most devastating
enemy attack on U.S. soil.
Like the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the Japanese raid on
Pearl Harbor has been called a defining moment in U.S. history.
It caught the country by surprise, rallied its people against
their attackers and thrust the nation into a long, difficult war
against tyranny. On the 65th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor
attacks, they present more parallels, and possibly lessons, for
today's global war on terror.
Within hours of the surprise attack in the early-morning hours of
Dec. 7, 1941, more than 2,400 Americans were dead. Five of the
eight battleships at the U.S. Fleet's Pearl Harbor base were sunk
or sinking, and the other battleships, as well as ships and
Hawaii-based combat planes, were heavily damaged. By crippling
the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Japan hoped to eliminate it as a threat
to the Japanese Empire's expansion south.
The Sept. 11 attacks, in contrast, were more symbolic than
tactical. The World Trade Center in New York -- which al Qaeda
had previously attacked in 1993 -- stood as a symbol of the U.S.
free-market economy. The Pentagon represented the U.S. military's
command center, but not its operational arm. The other intended
target -- either the White House or the U.S. Capitol, many people
speculate, if the passengers hadn't commandeered their hijacked
plane over Shanksville, Pa. -- represented the epicenter of the
democratic U.S. government.
When the smoke cleared, the death toll from Sept. 11 topped even
the devastation of Dec. 7, 1941, with almost 3,000 people, mostly
civilians, dead. Both the Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11 attacks had
another similar consequence: pushing the United States into war.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941, "a day
which will live in infamy" and signed the Declaration of War
against Japan the following day. Adm. Mike Mullen, chief of
naval operations, described what the United States was up against
when it entered World War II during a late October visit to
"Things were tough," Mullen said. "Our fleet had taken a
devastating blow. Japanese troops occupied Korea, China and would
soon take over the Malaysian peninsula, Singapore and the
Philippines." Nazi Germany, which already controlled a vast
empire, declared war on the United States four days after the
Pearl Harbor attack, Mullen noted.
Despite different challenges in the Atlantic and Pacific
theaters, Mullen said, they ultimately boiled down to a common
denominator. "There were clearly two competing visions of the
world: one of freedom, the other of tyranny," he said. "And
tyranny appeared to have the upper hand." Mullen urged his
Oklahoma City audience to "fast forward to today" and the global
war on terror.
"If the attack on the destroyer Cole, the treachery of 9-11, if
events across the globe from London to Lebanon, Baghdad to Bali,
from Pyongyang to Tehran, have taught us anything," he said, "it
is that the struggle we currently face is also about two
competing visions of the future and our vision of hope and
prosperity and a secure future for our children (and) all children."
In his National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2006 proclamation,
Bush noted similar challenges facing the United States today. "In
the 21st century, freedom is again under attack, and young
Americans have stepped forward to serve in a global war on terror
that will secure our liberty and determine the destiny of
millions around the world," he said. "Like generations before, we
will answer history's call with confidence, confront threats to
our way of life, and build a more peaceful world for our children
Bush recalled the resolve Roosevelt demonstrated as the United
States went to war. "We are going to win the war and we are going
to win the peace that follows," Bush said, quoting Roosevelt.
Speaking in October at the dedication of the USS George H.W. Bush
in Newport News, Va., the president praised the dedication World
War II veterans demonstrated to ensure that victory.
He called U.S. troops fighting today's war on terror "a new
generation of Americans every bit as brave and selfless as those
who have come before them" and said they, too, will see the fight
through to victory.
"Freedom is again under attack, and young Americans are
volunteering to answer the call," he said. "Once again, with
perseverance, and courage, and confidence in the power of
freedom, a new generation of Americans will leave a more hopeful
and peaceful world for generations to come."[/LIST]
Sheiks continue discussions of security, stability for Diyala
- Multi-National Division – North PAO
TIKRIT, Iraq – Approximately 40 sheiks throughout the Diyala
Province met Thursday at Forward Operating Base Falock, an Iraqi
Army base, to continue discussing ways to maintain peace and
stability throughout the province.
The sheiks, who were hosted by the governor of Diyala, Ra’ad
Hameed Al-Mula Jowad Al-Tanimi, and the 5th Iraqi Army Division
commander, Staff Maj. Gen. Shakur Hulail Husayn, met to continue
their efforts toward a united cooperation between the Iraqi
government and the local tribal communities.
Col. David W. Sutherland, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st
Cavalry Division commander and senior U.S. Army officer in the
Diyala Province, also attended the meeting.
“Today’s meeting is significant because it shows a continued
effort by the tribal leaders of the province to improve the way
of life for their citizens of Diyala,” said Sutherland. “This is
the second time the sheiks have gathered in the past week, which
to me is a sign of commitment to their tribes throughout the
“The sheiks are a valuable asset within society,” Sutherland
said. “As I stressed this past Saturday, they have the ability to
influence the peace and stability within the province; which is
why it is vital that they continue working together to build
relationships and focus on the
well-being of their people.”
“The terrorists are continually trying to build a wedge between
the people and the government,” Sutherland added. “In order to
prevent the terrorists from driving that wedge, strong working
relationships between the government and the tribes are necessary.”
During the meeting, Shakur and Ra’ad fielded questions about ways
to improve services and security for the citizens of Diyala.
Ra’ad said that Iraq is one nation, one people, stressing that
the people of Diyala need to execute the solutions to issues
rather than just discuss them, while Shakur stated the security
forces are conducting investigations to target specific
individuals responsible for
violence throughout the province. Ra’ad also asked what projects
and requirements the tribal leaders have for their areas and
The Iraqi Security Forces also addressed several key points which
will improve the stability and security throughout the province,
focusing on evidence-based, targeted operations.
The points addressed included tribes prohibiting the support of
anti-Iraqi forces, preventing improvised explosive devices and
vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices in their tribal areas;
reverting to the tribal defense of homes rather than conducting
offensive operations and acknowledging that Anti-Iraqi Forces
will be defeated in their tribal areas.
Also, it was stressed that tribes should support the
re-settlement of displaced persons in their tribal areas; the ISF
will support the rule of law allowing citizens to possess
properly registered firearms consisting of one rifle or pistol
with 30 rounds of ammunition and they will not confiscate
personally owned automobiles unless there is evidence of a
After the meeting, the sheiks gathered for a feast to continue
building strong working relationships and determine solutions for
stronger peace, stability and security.[/LIST]
Looks like things are going great, actually.
Sunnis and Shiites Discuss Peace
2nd IBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. PAO
FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq – In an historic meeting in
the Tuwaitha Village area of eastern Baghdad, members of the Jisr
Diyala Nahia (council), Iraqi security force officials, and local
Shia and Sunni leaders reached an initial agreement to work to
end the sectarian violence in their neighborhoods.
The meeting, first discussed after a recent spike in sectarian
violence in the area, is a starting point for a future peace
accord for the entire region.
The summit ended with the Shia and Sunni sheiks shaking hands
another, planning another meeting to sign a formal peace
agreement at a later date.[/LIST]
Straight from the ground pounders and people there first hand