Monday, April 12, 2004

No War at Any Cost?

This quote from today's Neal Boortz page got me to thinking:

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." .... John Stuart Mill."

For those who keep touting that nothing is worth going to war, I'd like to remind them that their entire ability to even think such thoughts, much less spew them out loud is due to war.

Were it not for war, we'd still be speaking the King'ss English as subjects to, and serfs under -- gad -- Queen Elizabeth, and a long line of Kings and Queens.

Were it not for war we'd be speaking French and suffering under the likes of Chirac.
Were it not for war we'd be speaking Japanese or German as subjects to the Third Reich.
Were it not for war -- or the serious threat of it -- we'd be speaking Russian and working for the state.

Were it not for war we would not have the freedom to sit on a bar stool and criticize our leaders. We would not have the luxury of enjoying the freedom to vent our opinions.

Yes there is no question that war is a terrible thing. It's painful. It's destructive. It kills.

But having no sense of what you have been handed is even more fightening to me than war. People seem to think their freedom is just there, like air. Well folks it's not just there. It's there because of the blood of thousands of men and women who have given their lives to its cause. Do not take it for granted.

Were it not for war, those who would destroy us for who we are and what we've accomplished -- through all our past wars -- would do their best to kill all of us "infidels".

Just remember that the next time you feel like spouting 'No war at any cost.'

Larry

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