"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."

Monday, October 15, 2007


With our window of departure rapidly approaching, I will be suspending operations here in Thermopylae until our safe arrival in theater (barring, of course, any earth-shattering events that can only be remedied by me expressing my opinion on it). Once we're established and get things running, I will endeavor to provide commentaries from our Iraqi vacation resort that are interesting and insightful, and hopefully capture the character of our small slice of the action. Such posts may be, necessarily, vague, in order to deny useful information to our adversaries. They may also be fantastically boring, as virtually all of my colleagues who've deployed before characterized their time there as "boring". We'll see. If all else fails I'll try and post cool pictures. I'll catch you all once I'm over there. Semper fi.


Meghan said...

Don't worry, it will be hard for your blog to get more boring.

Though I will be anxiously awaiting the next post. Semper Fi!

Bree said...

hahaha, point to meghan! :)