"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."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Great moments in American foreign policy

If you're Israel, a long-time American ally and the only true democracy in the neighborhood, we will publicly take you to the woodshed and instigate the worst diplomatic crisis between us in recent history because . . . you built a few apartments.

If you're Iran, long-time American enemy, thugocracy that recently stole an election, beat and murdered those who objected, financier of terrorism and directly responsible for the deaths of American troops, and currently in pursuit of nuclear weapons, we will . . . http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/03/25/softens-sanction-plan-iran/ . . . take it easy.

It's okay though. We might have lost Israel, but, thanks to this weekend, we've gained Cuba (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-cb-health-care-fidel-castro,0,470625.story). Even steven.

Speaking of which, while I'm sure no one really cares, my opinion and that of an old high school acquaintence on health care 'reform' can be found on my Facebook page. It's riveting stuff, even longer and more glorious than my usual offerings, and probably so far outside the bounds of what I'm permitted to comment on that you will never hear me talk about it again. If you've ever wanted to be lectured on the evils of America by a Canadian who's far smarter than you yokels who actually live here, now's your chance.