"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."

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Random cool thought

By the way, in case I'm giving the impression that life is completely boring here, it's not. There are the funny moments; like yesterday, after unloading a cargo box full of newspapers, we lifted out of the zone, and as we turned saw that our rotor wash had blown open the box and created a billowing cloud of newsprint scattering across the FOB and enveloping our wingman, who was still on the ground staring in dumbstruck awe at the impromptu blizzard we'd just created. And there are the cool ones. Coming into a single-ship zone, with a hill one side, a gully on the other, a command post directly in front, dust aplenty, and Nickelback's "Rockstar" blaring over your intercom system when you land your bird right in the middle of everything: yeah, that was cool.

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Have you tried # 217 on your list below? Sounds delicious. Not as good as your hypothetical "Vodka and Milk" mixture from junior year, but still, delicious.

Blasting music isn't a bit distracting, you know, in a war zone? Still, pretty cool man.

Meghan said...

I'm a rockstar.