Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Do what is right because it is right

Postwar study of Iwo Jima battle: Seeing that it was impossible to conduct our air, sea, and ground operations on Iwo Jima toward ultimate victory, it was decided that in order to gain time necessary for the preparation of the Homeland defence, our forces should rely solely upon the established defensive equipment in that area, checking the enemy by delaying tactics... It was a most depressing thought that we had no available means left for the exploitation of the strategical opportunities which might from time to time occur in the course of these operations.

I have never experienced hopelessness. I have never been driven to desperation. I have never had to cling on to dear life.

But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
Matthew 13:20-21

We're at peace and yet ever at war. An actively fighting spirit is what a man ought to have. After all, all men will die, but how many dare live?

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