Friday, April 15, 2005

Freedom Esoterica Friday

Victor Davis Hanson today on the critics:
"But too often we discuss the present risky policy without thought of what preceded it or what might have substituted for it. Have we forgotten that the messy business of democracy was the successor, not the precursor, to a litany of other failed prescriptions? Or that there were never perfect solutions for a place like the Middle East — awash as it is in oil, autocracy, fundamentalism, poverty, and tribalism — only choices between awful and even more awful? Or that September 11 was not a sudden impulse on the part of Mohammed Atta, but the logical culmination of a long simmering pathology? Or that the present loudest critics had plenty of chances to leave something better than the mess that confronted the United States on September 12? Or that at a time of war, it is not very ethical to be sorta for, sorta against, kinda supportive, kinda critical of the mission — all depending on the latest sound bite from Iraq?"

Rich Lowry on the dubious value of grief counseling:
"A 2000 study by University of Memphis researchers found that nearly 40 percent of those 'receiving grief therapy actually faired worse than a matched group not receiving treatment.'"


Churchill Quote of the Week (from the archives of the Churchill Centre):
"When I warned them that Britain would fight on alone, whatever they did, their Generals told their Prime Minister and his divided cabinet that in three weeks, England would have her neck wrung like a chicken - Some chicken! Some neck!" -- Speech made to the Canadian Parliament on December 30, 1941. Following this speech the famous Karsh photograph was taken.


At 1:44 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

I have never really understood grief counseling. These counselors are like salesman in an electronics store who follow you around like a puppy dog. So, are you ready to buy now? How 'bout now? No really, I'm just browsing. I am competent to read the labels and packaging myself, thank you. And I don't want to talk about it.

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

No surprise that the Canadians expected England to fall. Had Canada been in England's position they would have been trounced and occupied in under a week; don't forget their French heritage.

I don't give a second thought to any Canadian opinion anyway. I mean look what influence they've had on history...or uh...the influence of their memorable, charismatic leaders...OK, they are forgettable.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

Um, actually, Nate, it was the French who expected Britain to fall.

Canada, at the time, was still part of the British Empire.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Perhaps I misunderstood the Churchill quote. Sounded like he was addressing Canadians, ay. Sounded like Canadian Generals told him that England would have its neck wrung, ay (sorry, now I know my mistake...a Canadian General...has there ever been such a thing?)

perhaps stand-alone quotes could use some pronoun clarification (i.e. who are "they", "them", "their", etc.)

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

I think it is even more ironic comming from the French than from the Canadians. I mean, who was it that got b***h-slapped against their own fortifications and then stuck around to lick German boots?

Speaking of "Canadian Generals" isn't there a story in the church about a guy who wasn't made into a Canadian general because he was a Mormon?

At 7:55 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

To answer my own question, I think (emphasis on "think") it was Hugh B. Brown.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Tyler said...

Nate - duly noted.

Maine Man - I don't know - I'll have to look into it.


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