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Opinion

December 7, 2012

Pearl Harbor reminds us of nation's strengths

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Fascist nations failed to understand the inherent strength of a society based on individual freedom and free enterprise. Those strengths would allow America to mobilize for war far faster than Germany or Japan expected. Ingenuity and industrial production soared to levels the fascist nations never predicted. And instead of collapsing under the weight of defeats, the nation demonstrated a resolve and commitment that was not expected by the Axis powers.

Six months after the Pearl Harbor attack, an American naval task force would do what no other nation had been able to do in over 350 years -- decisively defeat the Japanese navy. In the waters off Midway Island, an outnumbered and outgunned American force turned the tide of war against Japan. In just six short minutes, a battle that appeared to be an imminent American defeat transformed into a stunning victory.

The turn of the tide against Germany would play out in a more methodical way, as the Allies gradually gained the upper hand through lengthy campaigns on land, air and sea. America's industrial might and determination, and the bravery and commitment of millions of American servicemen and women, would serve as the backbone.

In those dark days after Pearl Harbor, there was only hope and resolve serving as the nation's guiding lights. All these years later, we can look back and see that in times of dispair, they are a solid foundation for our nation. May they always be as strong.

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