"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."

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Random 9/11 thought, courtesy of Linkin Park (sorta)

Browsing one of my favorite websites, www.grouchymedia.com, with its motivational military videos, I came across a new one to the tune of Linkin Park's "Nobody's Listening." Watch the video if you want (it's not one of the best on there, merely a slideshow to music); but it was the chorus, not the footage, that struck me. It pretty much sums up how many at home and abroad have responded to the war declared by militant Islam:

Tried to give you warning but everyone ignores me
Told you everything loud and clear
But nobody's listening
Called to you so clearly but you don't want to hear me
Told you everything loud and clear
But nobody's listening

After Beiruit, Munich, embassies in Africa, the USS Cole, 9/11, Theo van Gogh, Daniel Pearl, Mohammed cartoons, bombings from Israel to Indonesia, PFC Menchaca and PFC Tucker, threats of extermination from Iran, and suicide attacks and beheadings too numerous to count: still, nobody's listening.

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