"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, December 31, 2007

Man of the Year

Time magazine has long since forfeited its right to choose a "Person of the Year", even before Vladmir Putin made it onto its cover (last year, if I recall, was "You". And "Me". And I'm pretty sure You and Me never saw a penny of the royalties for such an auspicious award). So I'm more than happy to vote that the Telegraph's pick for that title is far more worthy: Gen. David Petraeus. One can only hope that the success he's achieved will let this country resolve its problems enough that next year, we can hand the award to the Iraqi people.

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