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America's Roots

12/02/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Over the turkey break, I was catching up on my Mega-megazine reading pile(s) and found this little sidebar. I thought it would be appropriate with the news of one of the biggest American loss of life incidents in Iraq.

"America has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. She goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition. The fundamental maxims of her policy would change from liberty to force"

-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams 1821

Wise and prophetic from someone who was witness to the rise of idealism to nation formation. Wonder what JQA would say in his blog today?


1 comment

Comment from: Daniella [Visitor]
DaniellaThe incident made the Prez sad? His wrongfully applied sense of idealism to democratize people by "force" is only making our troops more vulnerable. It is not an incident for those young people and their families, it is an American tragedy.
12/03/05 @ 09:18