Tagged: Freedom

The 70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War.

This is the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

s212246From an article written by C. Peter Chen as seen in an internet search of Japan’s surrender:
“With the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed by atomic weapons, the will of the Japanese leadership was tested. Then came the news that the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, with troops crossing into northeastern China an hour later. These three reasons led to Emperor Showa’s decision to break the deadlock at his council which debated fruitlessly whether or not to respond to the Allies’ call for unconditional surrender. The Emperor said at the Imperial conference:

“Continuation of the war does not promise successful conclusion no matter from what angle the situation is considered. Therefore I have decided, without suggestions from anyone, to order the conclusion of the war, as I cannot endure the thought of having to kill tens, evens hundreds of thousands of my subjects, and moreover to have to be called the disturber of world peace. Moreover, it is extremely difficult for me to have to turn over to the Allied authorities officers and men upon whom I have depended all this time as though they were part of my own body. But I have decided to endure what is unendurable and to accept the terms of the Potsdam Declaration.” Read more »

Thoughts on December 6th, and 7th.

Before 10:00 a.m. on the morning of December 6th of this year 2014, I called a cowboy friend of mine who lives in Texas and wished him a happy birthday. He was born on Dec. 6th 1941, a day before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. So that this good man is not overwhelmed with a flood of phone calls, I’ll not mention his name. I do know that “Cowboy” is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. That’s a conflict I had a part in – a very small part to be sure. But this is about the willingness to shed the blood, to experience the pain – for a greater purpose.

This thought reminded me of a quote that reads: “Only two forces have ever offered to die for you. 1. Jesus Christ, 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.” British Prime Minister Tony Blair was credited with saying that in a speech, but according to Snopes.com, he didn’t say that. It came from an unknown internet forwarder who penned it. Nonetheless, I appreciated what seemed to me that morning of December 6th to indicate somewhat of a parallel. This is not a religious blog per se’ but my thoughts of the time are explained in the paragraphs to follow.

At 6:00 p.m. of the same day December 6th 2014 I attended a dedication ceremony of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness at the Leslie Hale teaching ministry in Tarpon Springs, Florida. More on that in a minute or so. It was the eve of Pearl Harbor Day. Read more »