A Mind That Suits What doesn't kill me, makes me laugh... usually.

Sunday, July 20, 2003 :::
As always, today's blog must begin by welcoming Rascal Flats fans. You will probably find what you are looking for, but be sure to read your way down there, and not just scroll. Make your way toward July 18. There are two posts for that day, and if you go down slowly, the FIRST, very short one you come to will be the one you are looking for.

For fellow conservatives who wonder why this blog is so critical of the Administration's manner of handling Iraq, put yourself in the place of a single Iraqi mother with three children who could not leave the house because there are not enough police or US servicemen acting as police. That is why.

But the broader issue is caught well in a favorite quote, so A Mind That Suits scanned his bookshelves until he found a book that every conservative should have some familiarity with, Reflections on the Revolution in France, by Edmund Burke. It is ostensibly a letter to a young supporter of the French Revolution, which started in 1789, though, at 300+ pages, it is quite some letter. Reflections was written in 1790, and accurately predicted the bloody and ultimately fruitless course of the Revolution. The US has brought a revolution to Iraq--a just revolution, a welcome revolution. But like all revolutions, it is subject to the same moral laws as every other form of human behavior. And this passage sums it all up beautifully.

Wrote Burke:
"When I see the spirit of liberty in action, I see a strong principle at work; and this, for a while, is all I can possibly know of it. The wild gas, the fixed air is plainly broke loose: but we ought to suspend our judgment until the first evervescence is a little subsided, till the liquor is cleared, and until we see something deeper than the agitation of a troubled and frothy surface. I must be tolerably sure, before I venture publicly to congratulate men upon a blessing, that they have really received one. Flattery corrups both the receiver and the giver; and adulation is not of more severe service to the people than to kings. I should therefore suspend my congratulations on the new liberty of (any country), until I was informed how it had been combined with government; with public force; with the discipline and obedience of armies; with the collection of an effective and well-distributed revenue; with morality and religion; with the solidity of property; with peace and order; with civil and social manners. All these (in their way)
are good things too; and, without them, liberty is not a benefit whilst it lasts, and is not likely to continue long. The effect of liberty to individuals is, that they may do what they please: We ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risque congratulations, which may be soon turned into complaints. Prudence would dictate this in the case of separate insulated private men; but liberty, when men act in bodies, is power. Considerate people, before they declare themselves, will observe the use which is made of power; and particularly of so trying a thing as new power in new persons, of whose principles, tempers, and dispositions, they have little or no experience, and in situations where those who appreat the most stirring in the scene may possibly not be the real movers

(Emphases added.)

End of quote.

Complicating this is that, not only do we need to find out what is going to happen to a free Iraq, but we are at risk of handing it back to Saddam Hussein, who is, alas, very much still with us. Many of our young soldiers have died to set this country free; it is the Bush Administration's responsibility to see that they did not die in vain. While, grudginly, more troops and support staff are being sent over, it is done while clinging desparately to the theory of warfare that got us into this mess. The battle plans were superb; the war plan was flawed, and should be junked without any consideration of pride or insititutional prerogatives.

A Mind That Suits would note again that the Democrats, rather than usefully pushing for more troops and money, seem to be waiting gleefully for a quagmire to develop, and that is sick.

::: posted by A Mind That Suits at 3:35 PM



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