"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Thursday, March 25, 2004

The Wasps' Nest

A few conservative pundits, as well as (I think) Donald Rumsfeld, have made the point that if we had struck in Afghanistan before 9/11, then the 9/11 attacks would have been seen by many as retaliatory. Can you imagine the liberal hand-wringing? Oh, if we had only left the wasps' nest alone, they wouldn't have bothered us! It would have been a preview of what happened in that country on the Iberian peninsula, next to Portugal, that rhymes with "rain" and "plain".

Speaking of that country, its outgoing leader wrote an amazing piece in the Wall Street Journal. It's a must-read. http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110004860

I find myself thinking, When my children's children are reading their history books, the heroes are going to be Bush, Blair, Aznar, and the like. History is not going to be kind to the naysayers like Dean and Kerry.

And to wind up the wasps' nest analogy, here's Larry Miller:

According to John Diamond in USA Today, Zapatero told El Pais, Spain's leading daily newspaper, that "the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was a 'great error' that has aggravated the terrorist threat."

Well, sure it has. And knocking down a giant wasp's nest in your back yard aggravates the wasps, too, but eventually it has to be done. Unless you're okay with your wife and children getting stung and screaming in pain. Again, and again, and again, and again. Or trying to reason with the wasps. Or just pretending they don't exist. Or giving up your back yard and moving.

Of course, you know how wasps are. They'll find you wherever you go; it's their nature.