"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, March 11, 2008


Is everywhere, which means visibility is down to crap, no one's flying, and you get your daily mineral intake just by stepping outside and opening your mouth into the wind for 5 seconds. It also means we're all fairly bored, except that I'm nominally on duty, which means I'm still bored but have to protect the phone at this desk with my life for the next five hours. It's not as exciting as it sounds (if it sounds exciting at all).

So, what to do? Well, I'm reading Stephen Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You!), which is making me less bored. There's also the news, the ever-present news...not much interesting going on there either, except that what was once the foretold ordination of Hillary Clinton as the next Democratic presidential nominee has turned into a political Stalingrad. I have this crazy feeling that to win said nomination, Obama will have to show a side of himself that is less than hopeful and happy happy joy joy in order to knock Clinton down; Clinton, of course, will have no qualms about using every warhead in her arsenal to stop that from happening. And the process will become so bloody and bitter that McCain need only show a little serenity and dignity to win. All in all, this campaign is not following the course that so many pundits confidently predicted it would.

I've finally caught up on Lost, at least up to episode 5. And wow, so far virtually every episode from this season has had me going "What??!?!?" at the end. For theories and such, please read my wife's blog. All I can say is, writer's strike aside, they're still putting out a quality product.

Well, as a closer I'll throw this out there; not everyone in Iraq is as bored as we are, and it's a very enlightening article not just on the fighting going on around Mosul, but on the courage of some rotary wing brethren who go toe to toe with the bad guys every day.

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