My gigantic, intolerable, nightmarish 3-day Internet outage is finally over. I feel like I was suspended like Manny Ramirez and Michael Vick by Al Gore, the Founder of the 'Net. Talk about dropping the A-bomb on Orangeburg! WTF did I do? Even more important, what have I missed?
The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who loves his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.
Reverend G R Gleig, survived the First Anglo-Afghan War to write in 1843:
...a war begun for no wise purpose, carried on with a strange mixture of rashness and timidity, brought to a close after suffering and disaster, without much glory attached either to the government which directed, or the great body of troops which waged it. Not one benefit, political or military, has Britain acquired with this war. Our eventual evacuation of the country resembled the retreat of an army defeated.