We have always stood on the side of our allies, supporting them both financially and often through armed intervention.
Many of us remember the peace in our land following the end of World War II (1945) and the Korean War (1953). I was 10 years old when the Korean War (often called the Korean Conflict) ended. I remember learning of the “A” bomb and the “H” bomb while in the fourth grade. During that period we were told to protect ourselves by crouching under our desks.
Thanks to the strength, courage and commitment of the U.S. Military, the relative peace which followed the end of the Korean War lasted from the summer of ‘53 to late ‘64. It was a period of not only peace, but unprecedented economic growth and stability in America.
Then in 1964, Vietnam began taking center stage. The French had withdrawn from the ongoing conflict in Southeast Asia in July of ’54, and in August of ‘64, the United States Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution—the bombing of North Vietnam began shortly thereafter. U.S. Troops poured into Vietnam during the weeks and months that followed. The goal was to support the South Vietnamese and stop the spread of Communism throughout the region.
President Nixon ended our commitment to the South Vietnamese in March of ‘73, turning over responsibility for the war effort to the South Vietnamese. Although our military fought mightily alongside them and Congress supported them with financial aid and weapons of war, they were not up to the task. Following our withdrawal, the North Vietnamese marched into the South with little resistance.
Eventually there was peace once again in America. We can never repay our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard for the sacrifices they endured on many fronts during those years; a debt that still hangs heavy over the conscience of our nation.
As time marched on we were drawn into another conflict: Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm when Iraq, under the leadership of Saddam Hussein, invaded Kuwait in August of 1990. The Gulf War begins.
So how do these facts relate to Chesapeake Station and the current “Y Generation,” the Millennials”?
This current generation of Americans, born between the years 1980 and 2000 have never know peace. They can only relate to the world they were born into and the global chaos of our time. Today’s youth are living during a troubling and frightful period in American history, not only on the International front but the domestic front as well.
The Millennials would be in their teens and early 30s by now. Many of them were very young when the Twin Towers in New York, along with over 3,000 souls, were destroyed by Muslim militants associated with the Islamic extremist group, al-Qaeda—a Jihadist group originating in the Middle East.
Chris Kiley writes in a Special Report regarding the 911 attacks (www.airdisaster.com), “September 11, 2001 brought the costliest man-made tragedy in the history of civilization to the United States of America.”
Chesapeake Station was written to awaken and encourage the present day young-adult population to stay focused on the current state of affairs in today’s America. Take an active role in the widespread political deeds and misdeeds of our day that now threaten our freedom and compromise our security. Chesapeake Station talks about the future and the past with a focus on the misuse of nuclear technology.
The ever expanding violence both domestically and throughout the world must be confronted and eliminated. None of it promotes a healthy respect for life and certainly does not allow for young people of grow up without the fear of what might happen next. At the very least, we owe our children a happy and peaceful childhood.
The Millennials must lead our country into the future. The national mid-term elections in November of this year (2014) will help stabilize our fractured government and promote peace through renewed strength and unity of purpose. Vote in November and cast out those who are raiding our treasury and squandering our future for personal and political gain. There seems to be little or no regard for our collective defense on the world stage.
So please, listen well, learn and act accordingly, and read Chesapeake Station. It will inform you and more importantly, it will open your eyes!