"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."

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Armageddon, mini-size

Boy, the last couple of nights have been fun. Last night, we flew the same route we've flown for the last two weeks, and while the flight itself was unexciting, we got a little fireworks display to start us off. So there we were, taxiing to the runway for takeoff, when high up in the sky I see these trails of light streaking across the windscreen. At first I thought they were a flight of jets on afterburners, approaching the field, when suddenly pieces started breaking off of them. Sure enough, they weren't jets, but meteors, and big ones at that. The weird thing was they were all coming in a straight line, one right after the other at even intervals, almost like tracers from a machine gun. But they broke apart like meteors, looking for all the world like something out of Armageddon. It was thirty seconds of coolness followed by two hours of just, well, being cold, but an interesting sight nonetheless.

I flew tonight as well, same routing and all, but this time I tried to snap some pictures and video to give you all an idea of the world of green that is night flight. Hopefully these show up as advertised:

They're kinda grainy since my camera's not that great, and there was actually too much light out to get more contrast, but it should be worth something. Enjoy!

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