Manic Mondays

It occurred to me that today is the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It’s funny how for most people today, December 7th is just another day at work. In 1941, and in other points in history, people were fleeing for their lives. As much as I go on and on about war and the importance of history, I have to concede that most of these conflicts are not mine. I was never drafted. I’m not mourning the loss of friends in a Japanese prison camp. Concerns about Communist expansion had pretty much evaporated by my 10th birthday. However, I do have friends and family in the military today. Some of them are over there not to promote a nationalist foreign policy so much as they want to be able to afford a house in today’s lending market. I’m more likely to know someone who has been killed by drug dealers than by any military power. Knowledge of history can keep us from repeating our mistakes, but if we want to solve today’s problems, we will have to do it using today’s solutions.