Thursday, August 11, 2005

After 3 Years and 11 Months, TWOT Has Lasted Longer than WWII

On December 7, 1941 the Japanese navy attacked the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor. The next day, Congress declared war against Japan.
The Allies landed in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944 -- 912 days later. On April 12, 1945 -- 1,222 days later –- the Allies liberated the Buchenwald and Belsen concentration camps. That same day, President Roosevelt died and Truman became President. April 30, 1945 -- 1,240 days later -- Hitler commited suicide in his bunker.
1,247 days later, Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945.
On August 14, 1945 -- 1,346 days after Pearl Harbor -- Japan agreed to surrender. Japan signed the surrender agreement on Sept 2, 1945 -- 1,365 days after the U.S. was attacked.
The United Nations was officially born on Oct 24, 1945 -- 1,417 days after the U.S. was drawn into war. On November 20, 1945 -- 1,444 days after Pearl Harbor -- the Nuremberg trials began. The U.S., which ended WWII as the strongest nation in the world, led the creation of the alliances that shaped the world for 60 years.
The War on Terror
On September 11, 2001, Osama Bin Laden directed the attacks that struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The U.S. begins bombing in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 -- 26 days after 9/11.
On October 11, 2002 -- 395 days after 9/11 -- Congress authorized an attack on Iraq.
The Iraq War began on March 20, 2003 -- 555 days later. On May 1, 2003 -- 597 days after the U.S. was attacked -- President Bush declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq.
On March 11, 2004 -- 912 days after 9/11 -- Al-Qaeda struck Madrid with a coordinated series of train bombings. London was struck with a similar series of rail bombings on July 6, 2005 -- 1,394 days after Al Qaeda attacked the U.S.
Today is August 11, 2005. 1,430 days have passed since the U.S. was attacked. Bin Laden is at large, there is no end in sight in Iraq and the U.S. more isolated than it has been in many decades.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you lay it down like that it is even more difficult for me to understand why Republicans (and some independants) still support the President.

I mean, you might "like" him. You might think his heart is in the right place, but how can anyone ignore the sheer incompetence?

How can you keep your eyes closed to this ongoing train wreck of mismangement?

1:37 PM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Delaware Watch said...

Good analysis. I like that term TWOT. Is it original w/ you?

Dana G.

10:33 AM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger Delaware Watch said...


I linked to your post.

11:33 AM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger Delaware Watch said...


11:33 AM, August 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom, I just made the connection that we go way back! I dawned on me reading the descriptive of your books, guitars and birds in the pear tree....oh, that Tom Noyes!!
Great to see your Tommywonkin self online.

6:38 PM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

Dana, thanks for the link. "TWOT" started appearing in the blogosphere when the idea of changing the name to Struggle Against [Something] Extremism was being floated.

There are few original ideas out there; mostly we're all just having a conversation. I'll have more on this timeline shortly.And you can expect more questions being asked of Bush as 9/11/05 draws nearer.

Nancy, thanks for putting two and two together and remembering me. And please let me know how your preservation effort is going.

10:38 PM, August 12, 2005  

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