"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."

Friday, March 10, 2006

Tooting mine own horn

So, how about that civil war in Iraq? What civil war, you ask? Exactly. Two weeks ago, the country was on the verge of self-destruction after the bombing of a sacred Shiite mosque. Either Iraqis are conducting the quietest civil war ever, or they've shown that, once again, in spite of the brutality of radical insurgents, they refuse to live up to the world's worst expectations. That hasn't stopped the trickle of defeatists from turning into a small but steady flow, and their rhetoric isn't confined to the left. Handfuls of conservative pundits are ready to throw in the towel, but as Victor Davis Hanson points out, there's hardly any reason to do so at this point.

So we all know that the Dubai port takeover fell through. And I think
David Ignatius best explains why this whole farce showed Congress at its worst. Internet search engines like Google, who actively aid and abet censorship and totalitarianism in China, barely register on Congress' radar screen; but when a country which, among other things, has outfitted more American warships in support of the War on Terror than any other nation, wants to tighten that partnership by investing in our country, Congress acts like they just caught it trying to import a few legions of jihadis. Some would say this was an example of pure politics, but the concept of purity doesn't deserve to be tarnished by association with our representatives. This was politics at its dirtiest and neither party is free of the filth.

Finally, I'm going to do a little self-promotion and
link you all to a letter-to-the-editor I wrote that the National Post, a Canadian newspaper, published today. I might have cast my lot with the U.S. of A., but I still keep track of what's going on up north; and, as many Canadian readers wrote in to protest the defeatist attitude many have toward deploying their own armed forces, I took comfort knowing that not everyone up there has forgotten the long and honorable history the Canadian military has.

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