"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, July 17, 2007

Talk about thick-skinned . . .

Complaints about our troops using inadequate equipment have been prolific during the last several years we've been engaged in combat. Some (like the inadequacy of Humvee armament) were valid and took far too long to rectify, others (like poor body armor) were a little murkier (anyone seen the video of the grunt who took a sniper round directly to the chest of his Intercepter body armor, got knocked over, then stood back up and continued the fight?). But when we get the best, wow, is it good. Michael Yon provides a case in point. Scroll down to the video and read the story about the Stryker combat vehicle that just wouldn't die. I've seen enough terrorist propaganda movies in my training that right now, I want to vomit and/or hit something whenever I hear "Allahu akbar" because it usually means someone's about to die, so you may want to mute the video. But this time, the bad guys had nothing to shout about. That Stryker is one tough SOB.

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