"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, November 01, 2009

Fallen angels

This has been a rough week for naval aviation. We started with a mid-air in Afghanistan and ended with nine lives lost in a collision near San Diego and a training aircraft missing out of Corpus Christi. In a time of war and with a high op tempo, this is the cost of doing business. Keep all of them in your thoughts; they're your neighborhood guardian angels, braving friendly and unfriendly skies to bring you home when you're lost and keep the wolves from your door. They are sorely missed.

I'm spending the next week in the field at 29 Palms and so will be out of touch. Spare a thought for Bree and Aaron too; they're about to endure another phase of separation that came unlooked for when I assume my new post up here.

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