They saved the world in all four hemispheres. They fought across four continents and all four oceans (if you include British and Soviet forces). They fought on the ocean, in the jungle, in the fields, the forests, the deserts, and through some of the worst weather imaginable. Hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives liberating Europe and dozens of Pacific islands. When they took Normandy, they charged against entrenched fortifications against the odds. Only 20% of the first wave at Omaha beach survived until sundown. Marines fought tooth and nail for every inch of ground against fanatical Japanese forces. The 101st airborne held out against all odds at Bastonne, and when U.S. forces reached the Nazi concentration camps, they saved the lives of countless Jews, Poles, and other people. Even those who did not fight sacrificed daily commodities to aid in the foreign war effort. Sixty years ago, the men and women referred to by my generation as grandparents did nothing short of save the world. They saved it from the tyranny and oppression of totalitarian regimes bent on world domination. They saved it from ruthless regimes who tortured their prisoners to death and exterminated entire races with no remorse. They were the greatest generation. Nobody disputes the greatest generation. Only the most fanatical anti-war hippie thinks what they did was wrong. Now, on the conflict. Even the left, which deplores war, holds these men and women, and the president who led them, in highest esteem. The question is, though, that if these people were so great, why no follow their example? The reason the greatest generation is known as such is because they saw what needed to be done and did it, without worrying about offending those they protected the country against. Japanese families were locked in camps for the duration of the war because even people who weren't spies were used as informants by Japanese people who knew how to ask non-suspicious, yet important, questions. Dissidents were quickly rounded up and people suspected as spies were snatched up and questioned for hours, even days, before they were released or incarcerated, depending on the results of the questioning. They didn't care how many losses we took or what kind of collateral damage occurred. Well, they cared, but they didn't let it stand in the way of victory. They saw what was needed and they did it. They didn't go by strict rules of engagement or any sort of "hearts and minds" agenda. Don't get me wrong, we made friends with the citizens and cleaned up the mess, but we didn't comprimise our fighting force to do so. The news reports were up every day and what we'd won and how well we were doing. Now, let's compare. Today, the left and the media, first of all, don't want us fighting a war. They don't want us shooting at anyone until we've recieved irrefutable confirmation that they're terrorists. They want us to appease the enemy (imagine the outrage if anyone suggested we appease the Nazis). They don't care what good work we're doing, who we're defeating, or where we're winning. They only want to know when we'll quit. They demand that we not target the group of people who have been targeting us, since that would be racist and insensitive. They demand that prisoners be treated better than our own soldiers. The war reports only tell what we lost and how many people on our side were killed. When faced with overwhelming evil every bit as strong as the Nazi threat, they think that what's best for our country would be to make friends with it. Well, let me tell you something, those who this post is talking about. If the same people in charge back then were in charge today, Arabs in America would, at the least, be under close watch, Gitmo wouldn't have gormet meals, and every terrorist who even thought of sawing someone's head off would be shot with extreme prejudice. We'd have a dozen nukes pointed at Iran with the President threatening total annihilation if Tehran can't keep their citizens in their own country. Syria would already be under U.S. occupation. Many things would be different, and in a good way. Yet the left keeps holding up WWII as righteous and good while they do nothing but obstruct similar efforts today.