Sat Aug 23, 2003
brave or free?
patriot tshirt makes me ask the hard questions.... nancy and I were in Nevada City, and we saw a guy wearing a "Home of the Brave" Tshirt. Nan thought it was a "Home of the Free" tshirt. Ah the same thing we chortled. But we then thought is it? Actually, not really - they seem to be at odds. Would you rather be free or brave? Given the current cloudy nature of freedom, it's a hard choice, but let's go with the commonly accepted idea of the groovy version of freedom. In that case I think I'd rather be free, cuz if you have to be brave, then there's some fucked up adversity in your way, which is entirely unfree-feeling. Facing adversity may be good for character-building, but it's a total drag, and I think I'd rather be free.
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terrorists in Iraq learned from the embargo, perhaps?
"Blowing up petroleum pipelines and vital water supplies in a scorching summer is directed at the Iraqi people, not just the American military."
This seems like a the same strategy as the UN's Iraq embargo that existed before they got their freedom. Screw the people so they hate their government. Or, in this case, make them "hate freedom."
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more on UN
it's all good to Victor Davis Hanson.
failure of the policy becomes the justification for the policy
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