Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Can we make literacy mandatory?

Seriously. Look what happens to one drooling war hawk when he's motivated to read "All Quiet on the Western Front":
Many was the time I had to put the novel down while reading it, and silently repent of the way I had so thoughtlessly anticipated the pleasures of stomping the Iraqi military during the march-up to the war there. War we will always have with us, and there will be times when war is the only choice we have. But it must always be the last resort, and must never, ever be undertaken with anything but utmost gravity. It is a detestable thing.
Rod Dreher has been coming around slowly for a while now, but just imagine the possibilities.

1 comment:

Flinger said...

I am genuinely torn as to which of our new found anti-war coalition to receive more brusquely -- the conservatives who are slowly emerging from the intoxicating frenzy of war-mongering, or the so-called liberals and moderates that knew it didn't make a lick of sense, but who yielded out of political convenience or cowardice.

The latter I think.

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