The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself.
–Publilius Syrus, Maxims, No. 511 (100 BC)
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
–Francis Bacon, Apothegms, Of Death (1624)
The surest way to prevent war is not to fear it.
–John Randolph, Speech in the House of Representatives (March 5, 1806)
This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself —nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.
When Teddy Kennedy drove Mary Jo Kopechne into Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island, drunken and frightened he fled the scene, leaving her for dead in his 1967 Olds 88. It isn’t known whether she would have lived if he and the five other married men who had been at the party with Ms. Kopechne and her five single girlfriends had called the police right away, instead of waiting ten hours. The alcohol in his system and the fact that he was one of six married men having a private party with six unmarried young women, with six wives out of the loop, most likely had something to do with why he panicked and failed to call the police.
Like Teddy Kennedy that night, long ago, the U.S. Congress has abandoned the U.S. military for dead in Iraq. They intend to force the president to withhold reinforcements from Iraq. They intend to force his hands, to force him to lose. They want America to lose. They don’t care that America can win, because they don’t believe it, and they don’t believe it because they are afraid to believe it, and because they can’t believe America can win they will stab our military men and women in the back to make true what they already suspect to be true.
They suspect that someone has betrayed America. They need to look in the mirror.
Panic has another name: Terror. Terrorism’s goal is to make the enemy feel terror, to drive the enemy into panic. The terror tactics of random murder and intensive rumor have found a path to American minds. Terror worked.
Thanks to all those who gave up before the fight was really started. Thanks New York Times. Thanks McClatchy Newspapers. Thanks CBS, ABC, NBC. Thanks Keith Olbermann. Thanks AP. Thanks Reuters. Thanks to Hollywood. Thanks to the dinosaur media and its mentors in the far-leftist academy.