Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Bleeding heart

I'm no pacifist and I know that Uday and Qusay were evil bastards, but I just can't see my way clear to celebrate the deaths of anyone. Call me a bleeding heart liberal if you want. I'm fine with that.

Everyone, I think, should remember the words of Captain Jack Philip -- a sailor who fought for our country in the Spanish-American War, but was so devout that he convinced his fellow captains not to attack on a Sunday. As his ship, the USS Texas, passed the burning wreck they had made of the Spanish cruiser Vizcaya, his men began to cheer. Philip silenced them, yelling "Don't cheer men. Those poor devils are dying."


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