Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A few good men

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Some people can write well…I mean they can write really, really well. They can stir up our emotions. They can reach deep down into our conscience. At times, they can make us think critically and act positively.

One such person is Brendan Pereira who wrote an excellent article in the NST last week.

Another was the dialogues in the final scene in the movie “A Few Good Men” where Jack Nicholson playing Col. Nathan R. Jessep said this:-

"You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.

We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!"

Powerful words indeed!

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