"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."

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th . . .

. . . from the peaks of the Rockies. I am currently on a det away from home but hopefully will still find a way to celebrate. And, while everyone gathers around their grills and coolers full of beer, take a minute to remember those Americans deployed to war zones overseas, who don't have pools to relax in or cold beer to quench their thirst. They don't get a day off, and the only fireworks they're likely to see are those lobbed at them by the enemy. Remember that it's the perpetual sacrifice of men and women like these since the birth of our Republic that has kept us free to barbeque and drink in peace and security.

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