December 7, 1950

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


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Nine years after Pearl Harbor, World War II had been over for five years. The nation was strong and confident in the face of the Cold War threat from the Soviets, and was in the process of magnanimously helping Germany and Japan rebuild.

Nine years after 9/11, and we are barely even at square one. Consider, by way of comparison, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s speech to Congress the day after the Pearl Harbor attacks and the U.S. in the age of Barack Hussein Obama. The similarities — and the differences — are striking.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Speech to the U.S. Congress on December 8th, 1941 (as delivered)

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, of the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

And on September 11, 2001 — a date which will likewise live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the forces of the global Islamic jihad.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. [...]

The United States was at peace with the warriors of Islam, and considers itself to be at peace with them still, and has undertaken numerous efforts to mollify Muslims and convince them that it has no quarrel with Islam or with Muslims at all.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace. [...]

It will be recorded that the doctrines of jihad in Islam and the statements of jihad terrorists worldwide make it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned as a jihad attack. During the ensuing nine years, Islamic spokesmen have deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The People of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

Islamic jihad forces are currently operating in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Chechnya, and elsewhere. The jihadists have, therefore, undertaken an offensive extending throughout the world. The facts of 9/11 and today speak for themselves. Yet the People of the United States largely remain unequipped to form their opinions and understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation, for neither government nor media is telling them the truth about the nature of the threat.

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  • davarino

    Like Japan, the jihadists will wake the sleeping giant and then there will be hell to pay.

    Believe it

    • Draza

      Sorry Davarino

      I see no signs, none, that anyone is awake to the threats in front of our faces. If anything we are in total denial that we are at war with islam, islamofacism, or Jihadists or anyone else. I fear that it will take much more blood and many more outrages before we awaken the Giant.

    • Spirit_Of_1683

      The sleeping giant ought to have been very much wide awake on 12th September and ready with an iron will to wreak devastation on countries which peddle the sort of religious hatred which spawned 9/11, and carried out the Ann Coulter remedy to the letter. Saudi Arabia and other countries should have been invaded and their peoples converted to Christianity. Mosques etc should have got the Hernan Cortes treatment. He destroyed the Aztec icons in 1521. What we have seen is half-assed political correctness and been spoon-fed 'religion of peace' nonsense from our so-called leaders over the past decade. But the sleping giant continues to slumber, totally unaware of what is to follow.

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      youy are right but most people want PC Ideals and P.C words to help that monkey rest and stay in line, so don't be amonkey person be a real American and remove the enemies from the face of this earth as Americans did in 4 years in world war two, but that will never happen in a monkey nation.

  • Indioviejo

    Unlike the Japanese, the Islamist on the one hand, profess friendship and tolerance, but on the other hand proceed with their stealth Jihad. We need to believe that the Saudis, Turks, Jordanians, Libyans, etc., are the enemy and we must face them squarely. This means ideologically, good versus evil, western civilization against Muslim savagery. Until then, we will be loosing.

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      the jap/ many others will never understand any thing about Tolerance, in fact this nation state is the only nation that wants to remove its own ideals from the face of this earth. and no people who are real people need monkeys for friendship.

  • Crusader

    I have made this same prognostication several times here and on other forums. Not enough blood has been spilled on our turf so that we will see the threat as existential. Or we as a country might wake up after some horrible catastrophe against US troops abroad. Victor Davis Hanson, military history and classics professor, makes the same argument in the video here on this site of his review of his book, "The Father of Us All." Definitely a must read for all here just as all of Spencer's works are. Dr. Hanson said that just about every 30 years the Americans lose their collective minds. He draws parallels between 1976 to 1978 and now. Quite striking, actually! As far as prose goes, Spencer has a magnificent style. At any rate, after enough bodies pile up a street light will be placed at the intersection. Just another example of the application of the laws of human nature which have not changed in all of recorded history.

    • Chezwick_Mac

      I'm not sure, friend. There were an awful lot of dead bodies on 9-11…and we seemed to wake up for about a month. Once the actual heavy lifting began via our response – the invasion of Afghanistan – the consensus fell apart and the 'usual suspects" (lefties and many libertarians) resumed their antagonism towards the state.

      It could be that we've permanently lost the essence of our identity – credit 40 years of unchecked immigration and a generation raised on a multicultural diet in education. I'm not suggesting there aren't wonderful, patriotic, young people to be found in America's heartland. I'm merely pointing out that politically, ethnically, and otherwise, America may have devolved beyond consensus…and permanently so.

      I hope you and Hanson are right and I'm wrong.

  • flyingtiger

    You guys are not giving credit to the muslim propaganda machine. Witheir unlimited supply of money, they have bought our leaders. One Saudi prince controls the Fox network, while many universities have 'Islamic studies" departments funded by the muslim and they only hire foreigners.
    There is hope. Look at the public reaction to the Cordova mosque. Muslims be warned, you can buy our leaders and our businessmen, but you cannot buy the souls of the Americans.

  • pagegl

    I expect it's going to take another significant loss of American lives at the hands of the jihadists before folks in this country dcide to get real about the threat. The leftists apparently don't mind the loss of nearly 3000 people (many of whom, I bet, had similar political views as them); maybe that's part of the cost of reaching their goal of the 'greater good'. Maybe if the jihadists took out a sizeable chunk of our main stream media, including MSNBC, they might catch a clue.
    Meanwhile, I think the military needs to start using Blackjack Pershing's tactics in battling the Islamic extremists.

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    I am stunned by the brilliancy of Spencer's parallels and contrapositions of the December 7, 1941 vs September 11, 2001. Yet Mr. Spencer stopped not reaching the most interesting issues of comparison.

    1) Unlike in 1941, in 2001 the task of delivery of a devastating strike against the enemy was easily at hand. In fact, never before in the history one nation (America) has so overwhelming power sufficient to annihilate any enemy attacker without losing even one our soldier!

    2) Unlike the enemies's symbols Berlin and Tokyo in 1941, in 2001 Mecca and Medina could be and ought to be nuked and evaporated on 9/12/2001. As Yashiko Sagomory put it then, on 9/12/2001 America lost her status of the Great Power, because a great power cannot afford to be able yet not adequately reply to such an attack and remain a great power.

  • BoogiesDaddy

    Last night on the local news they reported on the memorial services for the disaster on December 7 1941.
    Noticed missing in the story were the words "Japan" and "Japanese" . I was left with the feeling that it could have been caused by a wiring malfunction on the Arizona.

  • CanadConserv

    The US was not exactly at peace with "Islam's warriors" on Sept 11, 2001. American military action – rightfully – had been intervening with their efforts to take over the Muslim world. That's why troops were in Lebanon, until the Islamists scared Reagan out with the attack on the USS Cole. It's why the US (and others) had helped Hussein enough to prevent Iran from winning their war.

    I believe this was true elsewhere too, although i can't recall specifically where.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Actually, besides helping the Islamic world to oust the Soviets from Afghanistan during the 80s, we also helped the Islamic world oust Saddam from Kuwait in the 90s, before helping the Islamic world in their jihad against the Christian Serbs, and all these acts were to demonstrate our fealty to our Islamic overlords, and how does the Islamic world reward our appeasing and submissive dhimmitude, they viewed it as weakness and consequently attacked the US and Europe via the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the London and Madrid bombings. Contrary to your myopia and self-hatred, this is an enemy that can’t be placated as they fully intend to render the entire world into what you already are, a submissive dhimmi.

      • CanadConserv

        You should learn to read properly. I implied nothing that you attribut to me. And, in fact, aside from your just plain stupid attributions, I agree with the gist of what you say and have posted so countless times.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          If so then please accept my humble apologies.

          • CanadConserv

            Nice of you. Thanks for that.As those who know me will say, I'm very concerned – many will say too much so – for western civilization being corrupted and undermined by the left and Islamic immigration. Not that here in Canada Muslims don't seem to assimilate more and better than in most other western nations. But still, domestic terrorist plots, imams caught speaking against assimilation and western values, exploitative dual citizenship with Islamist leaning nations, and the like, are par for the course.I was only commenting (or implying) on the fact that Islamist attacks on the US are motivated by:a) disgust with western values and political institutions, and the rightful understanding that they are Islamism's biggest competition for Muslim minds and hearts b) the presence of US forces in the ME and Muslim world (and NATO's in Afghanistan), there to support indigenous political and military forces defeat their Islamists within

  • ObamaYoMoma

    President GWB was so blinded by political correct multiculturalism that he declared war on a tactic, and then proclaimed our enemy to be a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. He also occupied two Muhammadan countries on that basis to pursue fantasy based nation building missions that were destined to fail because they are based on political correct myths. Can anyone imagine what would have happened if FDR was as blinded by political correct multiculturalism as GWB was and instead of declaring war on Japan, had declared war on one of their tactics instead? We’d all be speaking Japanese today.

    Not only that but like a Dhimmicrat on steroids, GWB also doubled the size of the federal government in response to 9/11 instead of addressing the root causes of the problem, which are multiculturalism and Muhammadan immigration, and the inevitable result is we are even more vulnerable today to Islamic terrorism than we were prior to 9/11 as the Fort Hood Massacre, Christmas Day Bomber and Times Square Bomber all unequivocally demonstrated.

    Then to top it off, the next President, BHO, is not only more blinded by political correct multiculturalism than GWB was, he is actually a Muhammadan sympathizer.

    I can tell you that when it comes to voting for President in 2012, I’m not supporting any candidate unless that candidate can articulate at some point a comprehensive view of Islam and the threats it represents to freedom in the world. I learned my lesson, I no longer hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils, because that led to the elections of GHWB and GWB, two Leftists that masqueraded as being conservatives, and a Republican Party that morphed into the second coming of the Dhimmicrat Party right before my own eyes.

    Indeed, no true conservative could have so miserably failed to understand the threat we all face and no true conservative would have employed endless fantasy based nation-building missions to win hearts and minds of Muhammadans no less like Leftists as our primary means of self-defense all based on political correct multicultural myths.

    Anyway, I didn’t vote in 2008 because John McCain was really a liberal masquerading as a conservative and like GWB, he is also blinded by political correct multiculturalism because he is also a believer in the Religion of Peace myth, and I won’t vote in 2012 again either unless there is a true conservative to vote for who fully understands the threats we face from multiculturalism and Islam, and if it means electing a politician further to the Left than Obama, then so be it. I’d rather die a fast death than a long and lingering death. In other words, I found out the hard way that holding your nose and voting for the lesser of two evils doesn’t work.

  • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    If we had guys like WE HAD IN 1941 and all the other million and million the little rats would long be dead like jihadists monkeys and any who got in the way, but that will never happen we are a little people who only think of the P.C Way just like monkey FooL'S this nation will soon become a third world monkey state and the end game is in front of your fact but for monkey P.C. Reasons you will not look it in the fact.

  • Ronald Wieck

    Let's talk about FOX News for a moment. Geraldo Rivera showcased Tony Szamboti, a crackpot "truther" obsessed with "dual-citizen" Jews in the Bush administration, and Bob McIlvaine, the brother of one of the jihadists' victims, an America-hater who blames a conspiracy operating within the government for the attacks. Rivera responded to their fact-free ravings by promising to keep a more open mind about the baseless, thoroughly discredited myths peddled by these loons. The star of FOX's "Freedom Watch," Andrew Napolitano is a full-blown tinfoil-hatter who regards the paranoid lunatic Alex Jones as "great." FOX refuses to address the insult to the intelligence of its viewers. The network continues its corporate suicide by ignoring the mountain of evidence that refutes the fantasies of the 9/11 conspiracists. No partisans of reason and logic are invited to redress the imbalance.
    Can anyone explain what is going on at "our" news channel? Is it something in the water?

  • jason taylor

    Japanese at least weren't afraid to fight like men. And Pearl Harbor was aimed at the navy not at an office building.

  • gfmucci

    Amen, YoMama. George W. Bush less than a week after 9/11 said: Terrorism is "not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace." Imagine if Roosevelt, a week after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, said "bombing is not what Japan is all about. Japan is peace." The soldiers of Islam are at our throats every bit as much as Japan ever was, and in a more vile and immoral manner. Obama may be a more overt panderer and apologist for Islam than Bush, but both are blind to the ideology that has declared war against us: Islam. Islam is peace? Is this said out of ignorance, fear, or wishful thinking? Our leaders have been our own worst enemy. We will always have our enemies. But a deceived electorate and elected enemies within are even worse.

  • Bill Befort

    Hey, the history here is all wrong. On December 7, 1950, the U.S. was far from "strong and confident" — our Army and Marines were in the middle of a military disaster in North Korea, and retreating as fast as they could. After WWII we had incontinently dismantled the world's most powerful and sophisticated military forces, confident in our possession of the A-bomb. By 1950 we'd had major reverses in Europe and had seen China go Communist. In the opening summer of the Korean war, the U.S. was nearly defeated outright by the primitive army of a fifth-rate half-country, and it happened again in early winter when one-year-old Communist China intervened with its primitive army. It would be truer to say that we were nearly as feckless 60 years ago as we are now, and that there were as many enemy sympathizers in our ranks.

  • Lib

    ronald weick you pathetic clown.. if you can refute the evidence then do it. but dont just give us an opinion of who you think is a fraud or not…

    ( i guess this guy is a fraud too.. ) http://911blogger.com/news/2010-12-02/peer-review

    and as for your thermite BS re steel beams.
    http://911blogger.com/news/2010-11-10/911-experim

    maybe you prefer mythbusters version :)

    like all you ravings on 911, no facts, just hyperbole and bluster. what a pathetic delusional waste of space you are.

    pearl harbour wasnt a surprise attack either.
    http://truth11.com/2010/10/17/pearl-harbor-was-an

    the 911 comissioners themselves dont even believe the crap..
    http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/09/ann

    the fact is numbnut, more and more people are waking up to the truth everday, youre in the minority now, ( http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/trades-… ) and as soon as you suddenly realise the true extent of your own insignificance, your tiny head is going to explode. wanker.

  • pomeroo

    Speaking of pathertic frauds, you demonstrate everything that is wrong with your evil cult.

    Yes, Steven Jones is a snake oil salesman. His crapola about sooperdoopernanothermite was published in a pay-for-play vanity journal. Back in April 2009, some of us asked when he would submit his earthshaking findings to independent labs for confirmation. The consensus was that he would NEVER behave like a real scientist. Wow, that was easy!

    Excuse me, but we rationalists have ALL the facts. You liars have your bogus science, distorted quotes, and adulterated bat guano.

    Yes, Pearl Harbor was very much a surprise attack. This ancient canard is quite dead.

    The 9/11 commissioners? Perhaps you will tell us the names of commission members who are twoofers? No, you won't be doing that?

    Oh, you say that ALL of them reject your cult's nonsense?

    Sorry, liar, you lose again. You always lose.

  • Lib

    the names of the commissioners are at the link dick head.. u lose again
    all you offer to back up your assertion that pearl harbour was not a surprise attack… is your opinion. well thats worth stuff all. you lose again.

    i guess this guy is a fraud too hey? http://911blogger.com/news/2010-12-25/daniel-ells

    stick to selling pornos sh17 for brains, your primary school yard debating tactics are pathetic.

    if the conspiracy case you subscribe to could be proved, it wouldve been done so at the time..

    you liar

  • Lib

    posted by the liar
    "NIST has not been "called out" by anyone who isn't an agenda-driven moron. No real engineers have found any errors of science in the NIST reports, as you know. There is a reason why the charlatans who lead you imbeciles by the nose avoid debates with serious researchers. "

    the truth is, ae911truth had a debate.. invited the conspiracy theorists, none turned up.
    http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news/41-articles/381

    wow, how easy was that to prove you to be a liar.

  • Lib

    posted by the liar – "Stop the nonsense. The mass of three collapsing floors will crush the floor below. What do you suppose happens when twenty or thirty floors fall on top of the floor below?"

    science and physics say youd get deceleration
    http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news/41-articles/403

    wow, how easy was that to prove you lie.

  • Lib

    posted by the liar – "Stop lying. No explosives were in the dust or anywhere else. There is a reason why nobody who works in the demolition industry takes your moonshine seriously. The molten metal that "cooked" under tons of debris is not an indication of controlled demolition. "

    unrefuted scientific peer reviewed papers http://www.ic911studies.org/Papers.html against your baseless ( lying ) opinion that something was "cooking"

    i doubt you know enough about cooking to even boil water without burning it. liar.

  • Lib

    again the liar says – "There is nothing shocking about the facade free-falling, i.e., meeting no resistance, for 2.5 seconds. You can't con people who know something about physics."

    it wasnt the facade fool.. the building fell at freefall speed, the only way that is possible is for it to be falling through thin air, the only way that is possible is for all forms of support to be taken away , throughout the entire building, simultaneously.

    you can argue the earth is flat all you want clown, but you cant seriously suggest the laws of physics just stopped working that day, and expect people to take you seriously. youre either stupid, or a liar.

  • Lib

    the liar says – "Speaking of pathertic frauds, you demonstrate everything that is wrong with your evil cult. "

    evil cult? lol. a search for answers that make sense, in the abscense of any proof to back up the conspiracy theory that muslims attacked america on 9/11, to see justice for the thousands of people who lost their lives that day, and since..

    is considered by some to be the workings of an evil cult.

    youre beyond help.