"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism
or the holy name of liberty and democracy?"
Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi
(1869-1948) Leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India
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101% right-on
 -- Robert, Sarasota     
    Blessed Be...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    So appropriate in out time as well. Where is our conscience?
     -- brian , richmond      
    Absolutely Right On !!
     -- KS     
    This is the man who changed things through non-violence and we must bring him to our consciousness as a nation And GET RID OF BUSH!
     -- Marie, Downey     
    Good idea marie from downey
     -- jenny, new york     
    I think we should Annihilate our enemy's! Our enemy's. Crush them before us, Drive they're women Lamentatiation's before Us...Hear how they cry! Make them face the fear that they themselfs sought to put into the whole of the world. Then put them all down in the Anthracite mines to mine coal for us for ever. Never to see the light of day again. Till they die of black lung. You see Marie, Downey you all are so very Politically correct.Ready to give the same rights to evryone. But unless you were in the service to this country Marie such as the Army Navy or air Force Maries, And or Coast Guard. Then your Freedoms you and your left wing friends enjoy are on the back of someone else that provided you your freedoms. Someone like me. So no here is the question for you and your kind. Is the price of Freedom For Free or was it bought and purchaced with a price. such As Blood Flesh and yes Tears of All those who served and payed a price for your Freedoms? Well thats probably Too much for you to wrap your Liberal Mind around. So I'm going to tell you up front. These Terrorist have been Attacking America Long before the 9-11 problem but since mostly military people suffered you probably didn't even Notice. Such as a whole Barracks Blown up just like in kansas City in Saudi Arabia how about the Marine Barracks in Lebanon? Then All the various Air Craft these Devils blew up from time to time I can go on. But I see no point At preaching to the choir. One last thing before I go President Bush Is the First American President to say enough and to go after them. So they don't Blast Say your neighborhood. In Stead of running him down you ought to thank him insead. And while your at it thank a serviceman or woman for the price they are paying for you to be able to get up and run Your Mouth. That would be the 1st Amendment right you have in case you do not already know. See you around Marie,Dowey
     -- Paul, Oxford Pa     
    To the Dead, it makes no difference. To Orphans and the Homeless, when mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism, the difference is that their situation may be getting even worse, and may cause their deaths. To Orphans and the Homeless, the efforts expended by others in "the holy name of liberty and democracy", though destructive, may very well be understood as part of the price that must be expended to purchase freedom and liberty. Sadly, Freedom is Not Free. Gandi was an exceptional and enlightened person; however he not struggling against mass murderers, poison gas, or terrorists. His non-violent activities assisted his countrymen in throwing off the oppression of England's colonialism. The English were a civilized democratic nation who understood the sanctity of life. Even the most naive will recognize that non-violence is ineffective in dealing with uncivilized terrorists who are willing to kill indiscriminately to further their cause.
     -- Lee N$, Philadelphia, PA USA     
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     -- Anonymous     
    Only a closed mind would not strive for the ideal goal. If we believe we can never achieve something, then you have already made it so.
     -- Liz, Atlanta     
    Keep Bush, shoot the liberals!!!
     -- BOB, NYC     
    I agree with Lee. Wars fought in the name of bringing people liberty and democracy are VERY different from wars fought for totalitarian self-interests. This is why I cannot stand Bush. He pretends to fight for democracy, but he only fights for democracy in places with geopolitical interests, like Iraq with its oil. Nevermind that at least 400,000 people have died in the Sudanese Darfur region because of government conflicts. They aren't profitable to America, so leave to suffer and die. God bless America. Save Darfur!! Vote Clinton '08!!!!!!
     -- Morgan, Louisville, Ky     
    Wars fought in the name of bringing people liberty and democracy that do not obey the will of those people are nothing but Paternalism! If you belive in democracy and want to fight (by word or sword), strengthen and support the community of nations (that's the UN or something better)
     -- Tony, Reading     
    how appropriate. let's get out of Iraq now!
     -- bob, bakersfield     
    The people who fought most effectively for my freedom are almost none of them soldiers, though their enemies often were. Some didn't even need to fight, such was their influence: Christ, Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, William Wilberforce, John Stuart Mill, Louis Riel, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Martin Luther King, John, Robert and Ted Kennedy, John Kenneth Galbraith, John Hume, to name a very few. The list is long, thick, and hopefully will continue until there is no further need. Our servicemen and women are certainly fighting for something - I'm just not sure freedom or democracy are the right words for it. Let's keep working for a better tomorrow. Cheers! P.S. Try voting for that Obama guy. He seems nice.
     -- Steve, Canada     
    Right on, Gandhi! Peace out!
     -- Anonymous     
    It has a certain general point to it, but if things are destroyed in the fight for liberty it's because someone took an aggressive stand against liberty. And someone else fought to keep it. Like it or not, freedom is worth fighting for.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Steve, Canada, you almost made some sense until that last line. That "Obama Guy" may seem nice but what he has planned for this once proud and prosperous country is a long way from nice.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    What specifically is the "mad destruction" referenced as would be applied to today's situation. King George the torturer and Mr. Obamunist Goodwrench the assassin's holy name of liberty and democracy are individually and jointly the destruction of totalitarianism. It doesn't matter to the dead in any case. To the living (orphan, homeless, with family, wealthy, or otherwise), freedom and liberty offers a solution and a way out of the destruction of totalitarianism and democracy.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    "The American communists worked energetically and tirelessly to lay the foundations for the United Nations which we were sure would come into existence. … It can be said, without exaggeration, that ever closer relations between our nation and the Soviet Union are an unconditional requirement for the United Nations as a world coalition. … The United Nations is the instrument for victory. Victory is required for the survival of our nation. The Soviet Union is an essential part of the United Nations. Mutual confidence between our country and the Soviet Union and joint work in the leadership of the United Nations are absolutely necessary." by: Earl Browder, (1891-1973) General Secretary of the Communist Party USA (1934-1945), writer Source: Victory--and after. New York: International Publishers, 1942 Call your Rep to support HR 1146
     -- Abby     
    Which is why the power to declare war is reserved by the People through their representatives in the Congress. When one man has the power to send bombs and bullets into civilian populations because 'they hate us for our freedom' you have tyranny. Peace cannot be established by permanent War. Few religionists really care about the millions of deaths their government cause when the 'enemy' is of a different religion (and color).
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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