"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, April 26, 2008

Green: the new red, white and blue?

I am not tired anymore. In fact, after drinking one of the MOACs (Mother Of All Coffees) from the Green Bean down the hill, I may not be tired for another four days. Today was a day off, at least for the day crew (nights are pretty much a night off any day of the week right now), and was celebrated by roasting a full pig over a very large barbeque (do not ask me how we got a full pig shipped out here. I do not know, and I may not want to). But, to make tonight at least somewhat different, we're having a Movie Nite in the ready room. Mr. Woodcock was the first feature; it will not go down in the annals of history as a classic, but watching someone take a basketball (or leg kick) to the face will always be funny (and if society ever judges that to be wrong, then I don't want to be right).

Anyway, apparently there's been much ado around the world (or at least at Time magazine) about sudden food shortages, how they link to global warming (or cooling, or climate change or whatever the non-Deniers are calling it now), and what we need to do to "win the war on global warming". Jonah Goldberg here discusses just how important a war against greenhouse gases is to the American people (hint: not much), and how dangerous it is to create a "moral equivalent of war" in order to support everything but (morally, war cannot be equated with anything else; it is fundamentally unique). Mark Steyn is brilliant as always in outlining how our battle to fund "green" energy is actually causing great human suffering (and food shortages), but that somehow it's okay because we just pass the buck to Third World countries. Me, I'd simply like to reiterate a comment I made awhile ago and suggest people go and read Cool It for a common-sense approach to the dangers (real and imagined) of climate change and possible solutions that don't bring our globalized society to a halt.

There's also this good piece (changing subjects here) about creating a uniquely Iraqi democracy based upon tribal affiliation rather than strictly political (or religious) parties.

OK, apparently when I drink too much coffee I start using lots and lots of (parentheses). I will go now before I break those two keys on my (keyboard).

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