"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, June 05, 2007

The Deniers of global warming/climate change/save the planet by using one square of toilet paper

Unfortunately I'm on duty tonight, so I won't be able to view the Republican debate until I get back to my DVR tomorrow. In the meantime, I came across this series of articles in the Canadian National Post which challenge the notion that the jury is unanimous on "global warming". I'm skeptical of the idea that mankind, in the last hundred years or so, has been able to do more permanent damage to the environment than any of the many thousands of massive volcanic eruptions, asteroid strikes, earthquakes, solar flare-ups, etc from the last few billion years. I concede it's possible, but there are many more issues in this world that deserve our attention and resources. I am even more skeptical of those like Al Gore who have turned "climate change" into a quasi-religion or crusade, even going so far as to label those who don't buy into it whole-heartedly "Deniers" (a disgraceful comparison to those who deny the indisputable facts of the Holocaust, which tells you much more about the moral vacuousness of those who level the charge than are labeled by it). This is a long series that I've only begun to delve into, but it's nice to see that, despite the gravitas of Al Gore's ever-waving index finger, there are still those willing, as Joe Biden shouted on Sunday, to "speak truth to power."

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