January 08, 2005


I watched The Magnificent Seven again a few weeks ago, so I understand what VDH is talking about in his recent The Disenchanted American. I felt frustrated in the movie that the seven were doing more for the village than the villagers. And, yes, the more I learn about the world, the wearier I become. I grok these words:

We will finish the job in Iraq, nursemaid democratic Afghanistan through its birthpangs, and continue to ensure that bandits and criminal states stay off the world's streets. But what is new is that the disenchanted American is becoming savvy and developing a long memory — and so we all fear the day is coming when he casts aside the badge, rides the buckboard out of town, and leaves such sanctimonious folk to themselves.

Posted by Sarah at January 8, 2005 09:53 PM

Thanks for that, Sarah. It was a good read.

Posted by: cjstevens at January 10, 2005 07:30 PM

Oh look, it's the White Man's Burden.

Posted by: DensityDuck at January 12, 2005 02:49 PM