Food for Thought

“War, it is said, is an ugly thing. But it is not, by far, the ugliest of things. The shameful decay of moral and patriotic fiber, which thinks that absolutely nothing is worth war, is much, much worse. The man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing for which he is willing to die, nothing he cares about more than his own pitiful existence. This is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless he is made free and kept free by the blood, sweat and tears of men far, far better than himself.”

John Stuart Mill

“In the interest of precise communication, let us call the destruction of the World Trade Center an atrocity, not a tragedy. The proper response to a tragedy is sorrow. The proper response to an atrocity is rage.”

Jeff Cooper