Friday, April 20, 2007

Three gems from Joshua Snyder
Peacenik prophets
In fact, the Hebrew prophets were the precursors of the Christian critique of conquest. While the Church has never advocated outright pacifism, beginning with St Augustine it has developed increasingly strict criteria by which to judge the causes and conduct of war.
From the top-drawer site of Taki, with whom I agree that the world would have been a better place if Austria had won World War I.

Anti-war elders
From Eunomia
Forty-eight percent of Americans 18 to 29 years old said the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, while 45 percent said the United States should have stayed out. That is in sharp contrast to the opinions of those 65 and older, who have lived through many other wars. Twenty eight percent of that age group said the United States did the right thing, while 67 percent said the United States should have stayed out.
Virginia Tech was not a tragedy
In a tragedy like Oedipus or Macbeth, a basically great man, trusting in his own abilities, deludes himself into making self-destructive decisions. Flaws in his character lead him first to arrogance and then down the path of folly and ruin. Tragedies make sense of the human world, while these pointless murders seem to reveal a world that makes no sense. In calling them tragedies, we are essentially saying that human existence is pointless.
— Dr Thomas Fleming

Reminds me of this list of solecisms via LRC: the kind of things I try to keep from appearing in print as part of my job.

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