"But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice – a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other."

Thursday, February 23, 2006

The lighter side of radical Islam

Or at least as light as it gets. First and foremost, this is a no-holds-barred and surprisingly insightful rant (by an animated purple devil and his slug assistant) that says what I'm sure most people are thinking but don't say because they're afraid of getting their embassies burned down. Next, I'm not sure what language this website is in, but translation isn't required: this (much briefer) cartoon is simple and to the point. Now here are a couple of items straight from the horse's mouth. Think Hamas is ready to put down their AKs and sit down at the bargaining table with the Jews? Might wanna think again. And, while I can't read any of the squigglies on this webpage, the animated banner leaves little room for negotiation.

And finally, I'm not allowed to draw Muhammed; but can I use my keyboard to make him into different emoticons?

Muhammad
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Muhammad playing Little Orphan Annie

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Muhammad as a pirate

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Muhammad on a bad turban day

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Muhammad with sand in his eye

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Muhammad wearing sunglasses

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Muhammad giving the raspberry.

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Giving Muhammad the raspberry.
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I hope this made you, at the very least, chuckle; his followers sure aren't giving us much to smile about.

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