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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 03:52:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: POLICE AND ARMY ASKED TO STOP CIVIL WAR IN SERBIA
You....those of you currently fighting for your freedom as true member's of
the world's democracies (no People's Democratic Republic's members need
apply) are the true patriot's of today!
What is real patriotism? To borrow from one of my favorite modern
philosophers: Robert Heilein (no lover of govt. despots, communist
hardliners, no matter their current guise or dictatorial fools), patriotism
is as necessary a part of our basic hardwiring as our eyes; fundamental to
our survival as a race of beings. This is not something demogogues dream
about. This is not sugarcoated sentiment but rather the hardest sort of
Take any breed of animal...say a dinosaur. What is the most basic thing
about it? The answer is it's dead, gone, extinct!
For Heinlein, the highest moral level of behavior are actions that tend
towards the survival of the entire race. As in giving your life for someone
else perhaps not deemed by others as not being worthy of the sacrifice,
patriotism can be boiled down the perhaps such a rude and non-intellectual
expression as " Women and Children first"
Please this is not in any way intended as paternalistic drivel. The males
may die but if our link to the future is dead so are we all, whether we like
it or not. If we fail to save our "future" we've had it, we're done,
In your case, the dictator, his wife, family and their associated "pets" are
the dinosaurs...they will die off...slower than is right and proper but die
they will! You are the true Patriots. You are fighting for your, and by
direct proxy, for our future. Hopefully, many of us who have grown
accustomed to our easy freedoms will not miss the true significance of what
you are doing for your loved ones; wives, husbands, parents, children and
grandchildren. etc....for all of us. YOU are fighting for our future. For
what amounts to our survival as beings worthy of surviving in this our world.
There is very little I can do to directly help you in this time of struggle.
I will pray; for your continued strength, courage and wisdom. For the world
not to turn it's collective back on you. And for the hope of all of our
Never forget...YOU are the true Patriots!!