Facing a new enemy

April 27, 2013 

I remember Dec. 7, 1941, when a Japanese sneak attack struck Pearl Harbor. This great nation of ours was blindsided and traumatized.

At 6 years old, I didn't realize at first that this all happened several thousand miles away. My parents had to calm me down and explain to me that this tragedy was far away and that Japanese soldiers would not be marching down our streets.

What I didn't realize was that our West Coast was very vulnerable unless we stopped Japan dead in the water, which we did at Midway in 1942.

Today we have a new and even more deadly enemy in the Muslims who would be jihadists. The folks in Massachusetts just went through hell, horror and harm. When and where will be struck next? I pray never -- but I know better.

J. Skip Bennett

Lebanon

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