What the naysayers fear the most is victory. They are embarrassed by America's position in the world, though we are the world's best protector and promoter of freedom. Why are they reluctant to respond to such a noble calling?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote: "Experience informs us that the first defense of weak minds is to recriminate." The second defense was noted by Somerset Maugham, who said, "Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind" ("Of Human Bondage"). The weak are too weak to acknowledge their weakness and admit they are wrong, much less change their minds.
"Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace," said aviatrix Amelia Earhart. The weak must comfort themselves and each other in their weakness, lest they be forced to convert and confront their error.
When the victory parade comes, look for the coalition of the weak to conscientiously object and to recriminate America for its "role" in the world as the lone super power and the "responsibilities " we have not to "lord it over others." As usual, they will be wrong, unable to see that the dictators are the real "over-lords" and bullies. Under the Bush doctrine of preemption, we are now going to get them before they get us and give people in bondage a chance to exercise the same endowed right to freedom with which we have been blessed.
If the naysayers want to lament this, let them. I say "bully" for us!
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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