Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Deserve Victory!

I’m pleased to announce the deliberations among the Fraters Libertas editorial board regarding the coining of a new anti anti-war slogan have come to an end. (And I’m primarily pleased so I can finally get these drunken louts out of my apartment.) Befitting our creative abilities and incorporating our Conservative appreciation of the past, instead of coming up with something new, we’ve decided to reach back through the mystic chords of memory to pluck out an exhortation as salient today as it was 60 years ago. Back then, during another time of great peril and of great promise, a certain jowly son of an American mother, and a man who also happened to talk with a funny accent, said the following:

Last time I saw it all coming and cried aloud to my own fellow-countrymen and to the world, but no one paid any attention. Up till the year 1933 or even 1935, Germany might have been saved from the awful fate which has overtaken her and we might all have been spared the miseries Hitler let loose upon mankind. There never was a war in all history easier to prevent by timely action than the one which has just desolated such great areas of the globe.

If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

We cannot guarantee victory, but only deserve it.

We cannot say it any better than that. Winston Churchill’s eloquent words are the perfect response to the childish name calling, willful obfuscation, and hateful slander engaged in by the so-called peace community. It’s an exhortation to act with dignity and bravery as we face the challenges that confront us. It’s a call to those on the home front to remain strong and supportive of the troops we send into battle to defend us all. And it’s a plea, reminding us to live up to the standards set by the generations before us, those brave men and women who sacrificed so much so that we, in this generation, could live in freedom and peace.

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