"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 15, 2007

Quick hits

Nothing fancy here, as the squadron's been busy as hell and I've spent more time dealing with various helicopter-related news than following the comings and goings of politicos in Washington. So briefly:

  • So diplomacy with North Korea has apparently "worked". Here's hoping it works better than it has for the last fifteen years. I think there's little reason to be optimistic, and "faith-based nonproliferation" may well be the best moniker to hang on this deal.
  • Think diplomacy will work with Iran as well? Think again. From day one, the Islamic Republic has demonstrated utter contempt for the rule of international law. They have continued to do so every step of the way in their "negotiations" with the rest of the world over their nuclear program. I'll believe it when I see it.
  • Vladimir Putin tore the U.S. a new one a few days ago. I think Max Boot responds the best. His is an attitude common amongst many of the world's more backwards and oppressive regimes: take easy shots at America, blame them for yours and the world's troubles, get the focus off your own abuses.
  • Congress is about to vote on its nonbinding Iraq resolution (resolution in name only, as it hardly demonstrates "resolve"). Thanks for your support.

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