This commentary is directed to the many Americans who are in desperate need of a wake-up call regarding their tenuous position in an uncertain world.
I open with a 1962 Norman Cousins review of the book, "Fail Safe." He wrote, "This book leaves the reader defenseless. He is quickly subdued in staying with it until he finishes because of its narrative pull and because it is his life that is directly called into the outcome. He will be chilled to his cortex by the awareness that the prime elements of this cosmic horror story exists in real life and are being intensified daily. And his entire perspective on the present world is bound to be altered."
This is a grim reminder that the nuclear threat to America of 1962 still exists today. Sad to say, awareness of this monster was greater in 1962 than it is today.
What will it take to awaken the populace of this country to the fact that we are being confronted in a war by those who, as I write, are plotting to destroy Western societies?
Is this an alarmist's tactic? No. It is a benign device to "awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." Recognize that quotation? It was delivered by Imperial Japanese Navy Admiral Yamamoto to a group of celebrating pilots following the successful attack on Pearl Harbor. His prescient remark was to become a grim reality for the Japan of that day.
Are you tired of the Iraq War and all the strife and discord in the world today? Well, get over it. You haven't seen anything yet. Our enemies revel in your "winking" at our fight against radical Islam, because your denial gives them an unopposed cataclysmic shot at you when you will least expect it.
What can you do about this state of affairs? Easy. Keep yourself informed on the ever-changing landscape of world affairs, communicate your concerns to your representatives in Washington early and often. Spend some time and treasure on behalf of our noble warriors and their families. Above all, increase your level of threat awareness tenfold and confront the facts of the world condition. Finally, shelve your politically correct practices and discuss and reflect on controversial subjects with your friends and peers. This effort will draw you away from a life of indifference, convenience and uninterrupted comfort and pull you away from some little pleasures, i.e. watching the late evening antics of a feckless David Letterman on TV. Think of your effort as a selfless exercise of duty to country and a departure from a preoccupation of your "rights."
Our greatest enemy at home is us.
Lawrence D. Farrington, Payson
Editor's note: This letter was shortened to fit within the 400-word limit for letters to the editor.