"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."

Monday, December 11, 2006

Iraq Sugar-coated Happy Fairyland Group

OK, to be fair, I'm still slogging my way through the whole Iraq Study Group report, so I won't unleash a full broadside quite yet. There are a number of good commentaries based on what I've read: Michael Ledeen here on how, in spite of itself, it may be a blessing in disguise when it comes to dealing with Iran; Mark Steyn here on the absurdity of convening a "support group" to solve Iraq's problems; and the best overall analysis by Eliot Cohen here. If I can get to the end without gouging my eyeballs out from the inanity of it all, I'll have more later.

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