"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 22, 2008

Christmas hiatus

What, you may be wondering, exactly have I done to deserve another hiatus so soon after the first? Well, Desert Talon is over, and those three weeks away from home took more out of me than I thought they would. I'll be honest: I figured I'd have an easy time of it, since it's designed for pilots who've never gone to Iraq and I'd been there and back again. But, lo and behold, it was decided that I would get my section leader qualification during the exercise. So to work I went, flying in the dark every other night and planning every other day until I got the qual. Between that and fighting a fun case of identity theft (NOTE: do NOT send anything to my Hotmail account or Facebook until further notice), I'm beat. I will be in Texas for the next week taking a long-overdue break from my squadron and spending long-overdue quality time with my family. See you in the New Year.

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