It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it. — General Douglas MacArthur
This true-color image was taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) aboard the Landsat 7 satellite on September 12, 2001, at roughly 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
Satellite photo from NASA’s Earth Observatory page.
I used the MacArthur quote a couple of years ago on my 9/11 anniversary post. I think it’s just as relevant today, if not more so. I’ve lately begun referring to this Fourth World War as the ‘Long Global Test of Wills’, and it’s going to go on for a long time. I believe it’s worth winning, and part of believing why it’s worth winning is remembering the reasons it’s being fought in the first place.
I get the feeling that a lot of folks don’t really remember.
I’ll be heading to the annual all-day salute with the Boy Scouts shortly. The Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Council are determined that we never forget.
UPDATE: Just back from the salute. Here’s Murdoc and his son honoring and remembering:
Murdoc’s the taller one, but not for too much longer in all likelihood.