Five Years Ago Today...
On October 12, 2000, USS Cole (DDG-67) was attacked in Aden, Yemen, by suicide bombers. Seventeen Sailors made the ultimate sacrifice. Sailors, rest your oars.
In 1898, USS Maine was "attacked" in Havana harbor; the U.S. declared war on Spain. (It's since been proven fairly conclusively that this was actually an internal explosion.)
In 1917, Germany launched submarine attacks on our shipping; the U.S. declared war.
In 1941, Japan attacked our ships in harbor; the U.S. declared war.
In 2000, we sent FBI agents to Aden. It took most people eleven more months to realize we were already at war.
Michelle Malkin has a good roundup of others in the blogosphere who are honoring the heroes of the USS Cole today. For background and photos of the attack and aftermath, this site is a good place to start.
I will never forget...