"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, December 13, 2006

Iraq Sugar-coated Happy Fairyland Group II

In the end, there's little to say about the Iraq Study Group report. It is, as one columnist points out, a non-achievement by a group of Captains Obvious. While its analysis of the overall situation rings true, it is by no means clairvoyant. It's simply a collection of facts that anyone who's been following the war could have cited. As to its recommendations, they range from the cliched (train more Iraqi forces) to the laughably wishful (ask Iran and Syria nicely to stop fomenting insurrection) to the completely unrelated (solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict). And oh, let's have an "international support group" to make all this happen. What is this, a war or group therapy? Ultimately, this document isn't worth the time it takes to read it. It brings nothing new to the table and is not serious where it should be. It brings us no closer to winning the war or creating a bright future for that region. As the Bard might say, it is "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." God help us if this is all our "best and brightest" can come up with.

And just in case anyone still entertains the notion that Gitmo is a death camp for those incarcerated there.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what exactly do you do with your life that you are seeing Dante everwhere? Turn on MTV once in a while.