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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Iraq and 1776 Connection

Andrew "Skip" March writes:

I recently finished "1776" by David McCullough and hope that everyone will take the opportunity to read it. I was struck by a number of lessons that this story provides us.
Mr. McCullough provided further insight into the founding fathers and leaders of the time in a recent interview. He pointed out that those individuals were students of the classical philosophers and historians for whom duty, honor, perseverance in the pursuit of a greater good were central. The story of "1776" exemplifies how closely these men and women took those lessons to heart.

To Mr. Phenes' fine piece on the Iraqi Constitution, the events and lessons of 1776 and of 1789 and the seven years leading up to that will help us to realize how profoundly historic the recent events and the lessons of Iraq and the Middle East are now. After reading "1776" I was going to comment on how important it is to see the greater good through the darkest hours. But upon further reflection I realized I was becoming a victim of the reported news coming out of Iraq. These hours and days are not dark, they are momentous. Not without struggles, differences and even bloodshed. But the Iraqi's know as did the military and political leaders in 1776, that giving up and turning back would be disastrous for their own lives and that of their fellow countrymen.

Having differences and disagreements is part of the human condition. How and if we move forward with them is what sets one country, culture, society apart form another

Skip

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