Saturday, June 05, 2004
Ronald Reagan died today. He was 93.
President Reagan was the individual chiefly responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Tyranny. But for him, the United States would have pursued the policy of containment and the Soviet Empire would have gone on and on. But Reagan understood that the Empire was built on lies, and a sound push could bring it down.
Reagan believed in human freedom, free enterprise, and the sanctity of the soul of man under God. As such, he had more in common with the common people than the elites ever had, and for that sin he was condemned.
But his triumph remains world-shattering. The Soviet Empire was brought down without war and the European landmass from the Elbe to Vladivostok unchained. President Reagan was responsible for these events.
War has come again to our shores, a long twilight struggle against a fascist enemy whose fanaticism is compounded by perverted religion. I turn to Churchill from time to time.
".... You ask, What is our policy? I will say; "It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy." You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory - victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."
Reagan had Mr. Churchill's determination and sense of humor. There will be mourning at his passing. However, to paraphrase General George S. Patton, it is foolish to mourn his passing to excess. Instead, we should thank Almighty God that this man lived.
Friday, June 04, 2004
One of the things I mean to examine in the coming days is whether or not there exists a hatred on the part of the Left for their own culture and whether or not there is a willingness to defend the West. I have my doubts, but have been warned by my co-editor to tread carefully on this subject and not paint with too broad a brush.
Wretchard is always compelling, however.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
It contains a stirring eulogy to William Manchester, one of the great narrative historians of the last half of the Twentieth Century. Money quote:
When William Manchester was a young man, he sat at the bedside of H.L. Mencken and read to the dying man every day for the last year of his life. It is too much to hope that some youthful titan comforted Manchester in his sunset; it is probably enough to know, as Longfellow said, "Great men stand like solitary towers in the city of God." If so, we may permit ourselves a hopeful scene: Elysian fields, and in them a young Marine and his wife in the company of the Last Lion. They are lost in conversations of war and remembrance. And they stand like towers.
It is my loss that I have yet to tackle Manchester's homage to Churchill, The Last Lion. Having read American Caesar, I understand that Manchester was one of our most formidable narrative historians. We are the less for his passing. Save Tacitus, of course, who gave a good account of himself today.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Read Memo to Osama, now, as quickly as possible. Wretchard, writing as a member of Al Qaeda middle management, identifies western weaknesses that Al Qaeda can exploit in future. Money quote:
That leaves us with this tantalizing question. Having gone so far on September 11, can we not go further? Will one more push topple the rock? The answer is yes, but only if the push is sufficient and it leaves the Left which is the spirit of suicide, in control. This latter condition is essential. The fundamental fact is that the triumph of the Jihad must be momentarily preceded by the ascendance of the Left. Only the Left will pick up the gun, put the barrel to the temple of the Western mind and pull the trigger without hesitation. But their ascendance will only be momentary, and I for one delight in imagining how we will kick them as they squeal about their rights and their sexual entitlements once there is no one left to protect them.
Wretchard, in a much earlier post (back in March, if I recall correctly), accurately described the suicidal impulses of the Western Left. He described a situation in which Western leftists were surprised by the plentiful armaments and seriousness of purpose of the jihadists.
After you read the piece, you will once again return to the conclusion that the Left is not willing to defend that civilization that protected it, and gave birth to it. We shall examine this turn of events in the next post.
Well, they had come not to praise Caesar, but to bury him. One of the things I will comment on later tonight is the coming return of Bush's electoral strength. It has a mirror in Kerry's weakness.
There is nothing so disgusting as to watch a giddy media declare a race over, even though its horse is ahead by a nose in the first quarter turn.