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December 10, 2006

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As they say, tell it like it is not how we wish it were

I remember my junior English teacher, Mrs. Grigsby and how fascinating she made the subject of English Lit.

She was a former FBI agent and although she had to be in her late sixties, Mrs. Grigsby impressed me as a very cerebral, well-read, and refined person.

We knew of her past career as an FBI agent but she never spoke of it.

I learned more from her in that one year than in all the years of English. She introduced me to Jane Austen and for that I will always be grateful.

Wars on abstract concepts don't tend to work out well. The War on Poverty, for example, has hardly been a smashing success. Wars on loosely defined categories (e.g. "Drugs") have not fared any better.

Calling something a "war on terror" is making a fundamental category error.

If we want to tell it like it truly is, let's stop pretending that we're at "war" with "terror," or even "terrorism," or even "terrorists."

We are engaged in a civilizational conflict, and it is Islamic Religious and Political Radicalism vs The Entire Rest of the Civilized and Uncivilized World.

Activities that we would ordinarily think of as "war" (shooting, bombing, etc.) are and will continue to be a part of that, but we're gravely in danger of missing the big picture if we think of this as a "war."

Jeanne Kirkpatrick, a true giant in foreign policy, passed away this week; she made a trenchant observation once that should be chiseled in stone outside the Pentagon and the State Department, among other locations:

"Just as war is politics by other means, so diplomacy may be war by other means."

That applies to our side as well as theirs.

too 'military' ?

this is the British ?

mmm...

the world has turned upside down and inside out.

the liberal pc thing, doesn't enjoy reality, or the truth...

maybe this is why they like Bill and Hillary?

how about the simple...
'FIGHT FOR FREEDOM'!

Global War for Liberty?

* or maybe something the LIBERAL DEMOCRATS might appreciate...
'RAISING GLOBAL AWARENESS TO APPEASE TERRORISTS, BY ENCOURAGING THEIR ETERNAL SLEEP, HELPING THE OPPRESSED RELIGION OF PEACE LEARN THE BENEFITS OF SURRENDER'

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