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September 27, 2002

“The United States is the greatest force – and, occasionally, I do sadly mean ‘force’ – for good this world has ever seen. Why should we be constrained from trying to do good, when no one else is constrained from doing evil?”
(More like this in: America) .:link:.
“Am I embarrassed to speak for a less-than-perfect democracy? Not one bit. Find me a better one. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don’t. Do I think ours is, on balance, incomparably the most hopeful set of human relations the world has? Yes, I do.”
Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan
“The irony is that although most of the Muslim world will probably welcome regime change in Iraq, it will also probably resent the fact that it was the Americans who did it.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
“We have become too civilized to grasp the obvious. For the truth is very simple. To survive you often have to fight, and to fight you have to dirty yourself. War is evil, and it is often the lesser evil.”
George Orwell
(More like this in: War) .:link:.

September 19, 2002

“You know, there are demons in me, 47 at last count, and the only time they get out is when we’re on stage.”
Keith Richards
(More like this in: Music) .:link:.
“It makes one long for simpler times, in which Presidents and floozies in anterooms were all we had to worry about.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
“I’m a geek. I’m a dweeb. I’m not ashamed of it.”
(More like this in: Web Pundits) .:link:.
“Note to Atta et al, no doubt dogpaddling in hell and bobbing in sulferous feces for nail-studded raisins: a lovely day in September reminds me that I’m alive, and you’re not.”
(More like this in: James Lileks, Terrorism) .:link:.

September 10, 2002

“The people who did this to us are monsters; the people who cheered them have hate-sickened minds. One reason they can cheer is that they know we would never do to them what their heroes did to us, even though we could, a thousand times worse. They know that when we hunt down the monsters, we will try hard not to harm the innocent. Those are the handcuffs we willingly wear, because for all our flaws, we are a decent people.”
Dave Barry
(More like this in: America, Terrorism) .:link:.
“For all their grievances against America, there have been no Cuban, Vietnamese or Serbian suicide bombers bringing death to our shores, and their people haven’t been celebrating in the streets at the sight of American blood.”
Fred Siegel
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
“Many of us were covered in white soot with fleshy circles around our eyes and mouths. Even hardened New York cops asked me whether I was there; how bad it was; was I OK? The farther uptown we got, the more we stood out. Some people looked a bit frightened. Some, classic New Yorkers, looked away. Many offered sympathy and help. ‘You sure you’re OK?’ some nice stranger asked. ‘I just look like a ghost,’ I said, still shaking off the white dust. ‘Better to look like one than be one.’ “
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
“September 10 was the last day I took my freedoms for granted, the last day I looked at planes flying low above my house with awe instead of fear, the last day that a beautiful fall morning with a clear blue sky would not evoke desperate memories.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
“I have lived long enough to see good repeatedly win over evil, although at a much higher cost than need have been paid. This time we have already paid the price of victory. It remains for us to win it.”
Robert Strausz-Hupe
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.

September 06, 2002

“On Sept. 10 of last year my daughter and I went to the funeral of a neighbor we both loved greatly. We rushed home so I could go to the hospital, where my closest friend had just had serious surgery. Someone else took the cat to the vet after we discovered that he was poisoned and was near death. That night, as my daughter got ready for bed I said to her, without the slightest hint of hyperbole, ‘Don’t worry, honey. We’ll never again have a day as bad as this one.’ “
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats.”
H.L. Mencken
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
“Europe, for one, hasn’t caught up to it: when it comes to Saddam, the Continentals are like the passengers on those first three planes; they’re thinking he’s a rational guy, just play it cool and he won’t pull anything crazy.”
(More like this in: Mark Steyn) .:link:.
“The other morning I was watching TV when a friend walked by and asked, ‘What’s the latest?’ ‘Death,’ I said. ‘Terror. War. Unresolvable global hatred and violence and misery.’ My friend said, ‘So, nothing’s new?’ “
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.

September 02, 2002

“The fact that the Pittsburgh plane was filled with normal Americans, businessmen with wives and kids – let’s face it: yuppies – and not with the political science department of a typically left-wing university is the difference between a White House that’s still standing and a smoldering ruin on Pennsylvania Avenue.”
Rob Long
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Theodore Roosevelt
(More like this in: America) .:link:.
“I’m sticking with ‘suicide bomber.’ Reason: suicide is a sin in Islam, and the pliant mullahs have come up with all sorts of theological contortions to explain why the bombers are not committing suicide, but are dying in jihad as martyrs. I won’t concede that. They’re committing suicide. They’re committing a sin. And they’re going to Hell.”
James Lileks
(More like this in: James Lileks, Terrorism) .:link:.
“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
Steven Weinberg
(More like this in: Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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