"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."

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Quick hits on Iraq and Londonistan

  • An analysis of things Iraqi by Max Boot. If General Petreaus wrote the book on counterinsurgency, Max Boot wrote the book on America's history of counterinsurgency warfare (The Savage Wars of Peace).
  • Some comments on the front lines by W. Thomas Smith. I always find it interesting to take some time away from subject matter experts like Harry Reid and browse the notes of those crazy crackpots whose only claim to legitimacy is that they've actually spent time there.
  • Props to the Democratic leadership for demonstrating that their word is their bond.
  • Christopher Hitchens on Londonistan's slow decline into a sharia state. Think it can't happen here? There are six men sitting in jail who wanted to drown Fort Dix in blood who suggest otherwise.
  • 24, whither have you gone? And why do I care so little about how this season ends? At first, I thought you'd gone down a daring path, grappling with home-grown terrorism, civil liberties vs security, Islamic-American relations, and to top it off, the nuking of a major American city. And then you lost it. Right now, Russia and the U.S. are poised to go to war over: a computer chip. The Chinese are vaguely and implausibly involved. I find myself not caring which major character is killed next, or who the real mole is, or just how CTU gets compromised this time 'round. You started this season with a bang and are going out with a whimper. Like season 3, I might have to pretend this one didn't happen and hope you figure it out next time. The worst thing? I actually find myself wondering what's happening in the world of Heroes. I left them for you, 24. But now the spark is gone. Sigh. At least Lost seems to have found itself again.

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