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November 11, 2007

I wonder what Wellington will do now? He will never be content to become a private citizen again.

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Even in defeat, perhaps especially in defeat, it was beyond Napoleon's capacity to ascribe any motives but his own to his greatest adversary.* Free peoples have shown time and again they can defeat the Enemy. Time and again we have demonstrated we want nothing more than to return to our families and the warmth of the home fires. Napoleon's ilk are missing something; some part of their humanity which would allow them to understand how great a sacrifice it is to be away from home. In the end, the men we face are little men; from the Dark Lord down to his Death Eater apologists amongst us.** Something else to remember.

* Thanks to C.S. Lewis' A Preface to Paradise Lost for the observation.
** And their "pacifist" fellow travelers.

Worth reading: A conversation in Bagram, Afghanistan; End of the War Hero; How the War was Won (Part one).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 11, 2007 11:00 AM