Required Listening..

...being a bit of a Military history geek buff, Dog Snot Diaries has just provided me with 33 minutes of education.. go now, and listen to General MacArthur's speech... the last five minutes are the best, so perseverance is a must... funnily enough, I just finished re-reading American Caesar a few months ago...

....a full text of his "Duty, Honor, Country" speech can be FOUND HERE.. if you prefer to read it instead....

"You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the nation's destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds. The Long Gray Line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country.

This does not mean that you are war mongers.

On the contrary, the soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.

But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato that wisest of all philosophers: "Only the dead have seen the end of war."

by Eric on February 07, 2004 | Comments(1) | Military Stuff

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MacArthurs speech is still as relevant as the day it was delivered over 40 years ago.

posted by: balzac59 on February 7, 2004 02:47 PM