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Sunday, August 13, 2006

The War 101 - The Evening Bulletin August 15, 2006

I was stunned to hear of our Congressman's (Mike Fitzpatrick - PA 8th District) criticism of President Bush over the war during time of war, but I threw a clot upon learning of Senator Kerry's entrance into the local Congressional race. This is all very confusing, but a quote by A.A. Milne perfectly cleared things up. "The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
It's not a bad idea to believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. After all, the NY Times had more front page articles on Abu Graib than it did on the Holocaust during Hitler's entire tenure (Herb Denenberg, "The Treasonous, Treacherous Mainstream Media"). Why is it that the media often has little to say about the world's greatest evils yet criticizes those who fight it? Maybe it's because it's a lot easier to get a sensational story embedded with American personnel than it is to cross enemy lines with a camera to get the real pictures.
If we don't win this war it won't matter much if teachers go on strike or if I can't get a latte. Our enemy hates us because our freedom exposes their own failures. Their radical doctrine of intolerance doesn't hold up under the scrutiny of opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. We are the eternal melting pot which is their polar opposite. The last thing our enemy wants is first-rate thinkers.
We simply cannot have peace without freedom. Most terrorists are driven by a psychotic fanaticism while the corrupt leaders of some Middle Eastern nations use this blind hate-mongering to keep their own greed-machines humming along. The oppressed ask fewer questions than the free so corruption is much easier with tyrants at the helm.
Why then, with such a clear threat to us all, are so many upset with the effort? I wonder if it's because many just don't recognize courage because they're unable to summon it in themselves. They prefer the easy approval of others who also lack courage and politicians and candidates pander to this colossal ignorance and arrogance in exchange for votes. Just ask John Murtha and Dick Durbin.
Could it be that many of us seek peace at all costs (even to the point of ignoring reality)? Cease-fires didn't end World War II and the stakes are just as high today if not higher. War is bad, but premature peace just creates more war.
Yes, we're in a fight to the death between western civilization and radical extremism and he who gives up first loses. Maybe our Congressman was just implying that improvising, adapting and overcoming are required - that yesterday's plans are irrelevant today as conditions evolve. Our intelligence community, Generals and the President himself are all well aware of this. The only way we're going to defeat this extremely real threat is to put politics aside and fight it together. We can debate on all other issues, but we need to stand united on this one or united we'll fall. Thucydides summed it all up in 413 BC when he said, "To those who call yourselves men of peace, I say: You are not safe unless you have men of action on your side."