A look in the mirror, on the day we invaded Iraq.

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Say what you will about MacArthur

I saw those Korean War statues - larger than life - just before they were open to the public. The are haunting in that picture in the snow. I think about Korea, mostly from history books. I was too young to understand it.

When World War Two ended, General Douglas MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender and (some say) for a few years became Japan's last shogun.

His words may sound hollow to us - many hardly remember MacArthur, or if they remember him, recall his being dismissed by Truman.

And yet, his words were ominous and as World War Two ended, he stood on the decks of the battleship Missouri to accept the Japanese surrender. America had began its role as the first superpower with its atomic monopoly - a monopoly no longer reserved to the Americans and in that understanding, the new wars come upon us.

A new era is upon us. Even the lesson of victory itself brings with it profound concern, both for our future security and the survival of civilization. The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery, has in fact now reached a point which revises the traditional concepts of war.

Men since the beginning of time have sought peace.... Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. We have had our last chance. If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature and all material and cultural development of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.

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Posted by Matsu on 19 March 2006 - 7:25pm