May 13, 2004


I found this on Castle Argghhh's post Wahabism Delenda Est. It really got to me.


Not all of us can run out and join the fight (though after watching the Nick Berg video, that's the only thing on my mind). Instead we have to fight for freedom at home. Deskmerc once said, "While our troops go out to defend our country, it is incumbent upon us to make the country worth defending." I have kept that on my sidebar to remind myself of my duty, but it's easy to get sidetracked and forget. Castle Argghhh reminded me today.

Our duty is to make the country worth defending. That means prosecuting those who humiliate prisoners, and they will surely be dealt with. But it also means not turning a blind eye to what is going on in this world. It means each and every one of us -- we who grok -- have a duty to try to help others grok. Consider it a sort of political evangelicism; we need to spread The Truth.

When someone equates Abu Ghraib and Nick Berg, we need to set the record straight. Pointing at someone's penis and sawing someone's head off do not a balanced scale make. When someone mistakenly says that both sides in this war on terror want peace, we need to remind them that radical Muslims are not working for peace by a long shot. Hippies want peace on earth; Muslims want death to Americans and Jews. When someone says that war is not the answer, we need to ask them what the f-ing question is.

It is our duty to ask ourselves "What have I done today for freedom?"

Posted by Sarah at May 13, 2004 08:33 AM

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Posted by: Mike at May 13, 2004 01:10 PM

"When someone says that war is not the answer, we need to ask them what the f-ing question is."

I like that, and will use it.

Posted by: John at May 13, 2004 01:34 PM

Oh, and your comments won't save my info.

Posted by: John at May 13, 2004 01:35 PM


Click on Sarah's permalinks to make comments without having to retype your info. For some reason, clicking on the comments link causes Sarah's copy of Movable Type to have temporary amnesia. Oh Pixyyy ...

Sanskrit translation of THE Sarah quote coming soon to Amaravati ...

Posted by: Amritas at May 13, 2004 02:00 PM

I struggle every day with the question "What can I do?". I feel so useless most of the time. Then I just click on your site, and others like yours, and am reminded that I can help. I have a voice. Thank you for reminding me.

Posted by: Tammi at May 13, 2004 03:40 PM

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