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July 07, 2005

The "Blitz" Redux (on a very small scale)

I'm a first-generation native-born American. My dad was a British citizen who grew up here from the time he was about 6 years old. He was naturalized in time to join the US Army at the start of WW II.

This reaction would be typical of him, with one exception. He frowned on swearing. I can count on one hand the number of times I ever heard him say anything like, "Damn!" The F-word was right out. But his was a cold fury when provoked...and that's a legacy his former countrymen brought to the New World those many years ago. That's good for us, bad for "them."

Now, stay with me for a minute...

Many thought "Troy" was a terrible movie (from the standpoint of literary accuracy...in Hollywood...imagine that). But I enjoyed it, primarily for the pleasure of watching Brad Pitt's Achilles fail so miserably at anger management. There's nothing like a well-played high dudgeon to get my blood up and Brad did a pretty good impression of being righteously pissed after Hector whacked Patroclus. (He had good reason in the real story...go check it out.)

Anyway...

We need more of that. We need to find these bastards, drive them to their knees with a bone-breaking blow, place the tip of our swords in the middle of their chests, make sure we have eye contact, and shove.

I'd dispense with the trip around the walls of Troy...time saved to go looking for another target.

How much more is it going to take before there's a hard-core consensus in the West that it's clobberin' time?

HT: Michael J. Totten