Just a quote. I have no further remarks.

“We sent men with rifles into Afghanistan and Iraq and kept our best weapons in their silos. We’re standing there dying, daring to do nothing decisive because we’ve declared ourselves to be better than our terrorist enemies–more moral, more civilized. Our image is at stake, we insist. But we didn’t come this far because we’re made of sugar candy. Once upon a time, we elbowed our way onto and across this continent by giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans. That was biological warfare. And we used every other weapon we could get our hands on to grab this land from whomever. And we grew prosperous. And yes, we greased the skids with the sweat of slaves. So it goes with most great nation-states, which–feeling guilty about their savage pasts–eventually civilize themselves out of business and wind up invaded and ultimately dominated by the lean, hungry up-and-coming who are not made of sugar candy.”

Paul Harvey
23 June 2005