Welcome to Hugh Hewitt readers: Tom Paine and blogging for freedom
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The bombing of London may well mark the next great phase in the War on Terror. And the significance of weblogs in this period is this: war is not fundamentally about killing people--it is about breaking the enemy's will to resist. The terrorists can not win militarily, and they know it. But with the aid of the MSM they have worked hard to undermine the West's will to fight. Every weblog that stays bold, brave and determined in the defense of liberty is to the War on Terror what Tom Paine was to the Revolution of 1776: the voice of freedom, the courage that keeps us free.
Our parents have been called the Greatest Generation for their perseverance in the Depression, their sacrifice in World War II, and their wisdom in winning the Cold War.
That was their time, this is ours.
For nearly a millenium and a half, dictators have ruled over Islam. That culture of dictatorship has produced a civilization magnificent in its religious riches, but deeply impoverished in freedom of thought, freedom of press, and simple civic justice--with terrorism as the inevitable consequence of these three.
Now September 11th and the new bombings in London have forced the West to bring to the Near East the same democratic values that our parents brought to Europe. We fight for our own freedom--and for the freedom of the Near East as the only sure way to bring victory in the War on Terror.
We are deeply mistaken if we think we can win without serious sacrifices. Victory depends on the willingness to bring to the War on Terror the same spirit of determination and sacrifice that our parents brought to World War II and the Cold War.
For this weekend, our British brethren are showing the kind of courage that keeps us free--a living exemplar of the words of Tom Paine in the bleak winter of the American Revolution:
December 23, 1776
THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.