"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, March 07, 2010

I am . . .

. . . extremely impressed by the continued tenacity of the Iraqi people, whose rough but steady entry into the world of democracy has confounded critics and terrorists alike. There have been many a day recently when I've been prouder of their political discourse than our own.

. . . surprised and gratified that we're catching even more terrorist assholes in Pakistan these days. This time, CIA and Pakistani intelligence captured Adam Gadahn, a.k.a. the
"American Taliban". Whatever else happens to him, he'll be charged with treason and, hopefully, hung by the neck until dead, dead, dead.

. . . disturbed and disgusted by the
tragic drama that's unfolded over the last week in our neighborhood. The body of one girl was found in Lake Hodges, which I can see from my house; police are searching for the body of another in Kit Carson Park, where we've taken our son to play countless times. On the one hand, it's hard to protect the young and vulnerable from the unpredictable predations of anonymous perverts and sociopaths; on the other, it's disgraceful that the suspect was caught and charged once before and, rather than be sentenced to a psychiatrist-recommended 30 years, received only 5 and was released to hunt again. I'll be keeping a much closer eye on Aaron, whether we're going to the park or just going on a bike ride around the block; I'll be loosening the locks on my firearms as well, since evidently even our 'good' neighborhood isn't good enough.

. . . pulling for The Hurt Locker to put the hurt on James "I'm an Eco-Terrorist" Cameron.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Maybe its just because its the only movie I saw at the theater since the fidgety one was born, but I saw Avatar and walked away having absolutely no political/earthly thoughts or concerns. It was a nice escape, and a nice night. Maybe I'm wrong, but even if Cameron was trying to push his views on us, I came away without it affecting me at all.

Nevertheless, after seeing both, I'm quite pleased that Hurt Locker won. Even if I'm still a bit confused.