To really understand World War II, it helps to climb onto the deck of the USS Alabama with what’s left of your own family.

The United States didn’t want to get drawn in the greatest human conflict in history. Battleships like the Alabama, now a museum in Mobile, Ala., were drafted to meet a challenge America never anticipated — or provoked.

They did not ask for this war, to paraphrase Timothy Dolan. But they did not run from it.

War is unfortunate. But sometimes, war is necessary. And when you go to war, you have to be prepared to win, which can mean making difficult choices, painful sacrifices and deploying the most unimaginable weapons at your disposal.

Consumers know what that’s like, in a way. I hear from them every day and they tell me about the intractable problems that lead them to my advocacy site. They, too, didn’t ask for the fight. But they are not running.

Our adversary is more than a single company or individual. It is a “me first” attitude of entitlement that puts corporate profits and human greed above you. In that twisted world, it’s acceptable to lie to customers, to steal from them and to cheat them.

This attitude is the real enemy.

Sometimes, it can be a challenge to teach your kids the difference between right and wrong. Just when you think you’ve come up with a black-and-white rule, they find the exception. They’re clever. But an experience like the Alabama brings the picture into sharp focus. They’re able to draw parallels from their own lives and of their personal experiences with these immoral attitudes. I know they will not back down from a fight, either.

I’ll have more about our World War II adventures on our family travel site tomorrow, including a tour of the National WWII Museum.

In the meantime, here are this week’s stories:

I’ll see you next week in Arizona.

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