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Monday, December 19, 2005

Our Military Protects Our Rights

A quote from John Stuart Mill in Mark Alexander's "The name American".

"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. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

The war protesters using the freedoms forged and protected by our military claim a heroism unto themselves for declaiming some issue or other. The right is theirs. Their claimed "heroism" is lost to me. Too many of them ignore the sacrifice of those who give them this right. Again, stealing from Alexander's column:

Amid the political rancor about justifications for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, it is worth remembering the words of Admiral Jeremiah Denton: "It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

It is those who are fighting the Islamic terrorists in Iraq and in the world of public opinion who are the heroes.

It is easy to hide behind a banner of pacifism. Writes Rabbi Daniel Lapin:

If many of my fellow citizens replace courage with cowardice, the quality of my life declines. They may cloak their cowardice in virtue by speaking of pacifism or wishing to save lives but their abject fear nonetheless empowers tyranny. Their fear of confronting evil means they see only victims, never villains. They see only the deprived and never the depraved. They make it all but impossible for government to fulfill its primary purpose—defending citizens from violence. It is cowardice when government fails to empower the military to protect us from violence perpetrated by outside enemies.


At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's worry about the borders for a while. Why is Bush so hypocritical on this issue?

At 6:53 AM, Blogger neal phenes said...

OK. He is "hypocritical". What are his adversaries proposing? Is that another issue we have to wait until after elections to hear?

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