"Be convinced that to be happy means to be free
and that to be free means to be brave.
Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war."
[Thoukudídês] (c.455-c.400 BC) Greek historian, author of the History of the Peloponnesian War
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
Dulce et Decorum Est
 -- Robert, Sarasota     
    really true
     -- susana, patagonia argentina     
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
    As to the perils of war, would someone please tell me what in the hell we are doing in Libya. And tell Obama as he doesn't seem to have any idea either.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    Jim K...according to Hillary, we're bringing them "democracy". I still want to know who "them" is. And why is the overburdened American taxpayer supposed to foot the bill so that "they" can vote for a hand picked bunch of puppets just like we do.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Jim and Carlton, I'm with you. By his other acts (nationalizing business, selecting justices so the absolute police state can be implemented, legislating human life to be illegal without government approvals and guidelines, etc.) Mr. Obamunist Goodwrench the assassin is void of the most basic knowledge, soul, or emotion that non-defensive actions (war to change the face of tyranny) are immorality in the worst degree. There are happy slaves, exampled by the Wafflers and 'A' from Reston that demonstrates the antithesis of free. There would follow then a difference between happy and joy. Does free mean brave? Freedom does evoke a certain courage to maintain its application. I do agree with "do not take lightly the perils of war." The quote's sentiment is somewhere between 1 star and a thumbs down . Closer to 1 star for the little accuracy portrayed.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Couldn't say it better myself Mike.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    I like it on many levels. Indeed, I am happier as a free man than as a slave or prisoner. And as fear is the #1 manipulating factor of tyrants, bravery is the best antidote. And for sure, let us not take lightly the perils of war. Why are the US military in Libya? The same reason we are everywhere in the Middle East -- POWER & WEALTH. Libya is ripe for the plucking -- no debt, rich in oil and gold, and strategically placed.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I am always curious why we are bringing anyone a democracy. None of the Founders were fond of a democracy. The Constitution has it not once in it.  Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution tells us what type of government the USA has: a Republic...and yet...no one tells us that 'we' are bringing/taking 'them' a Republic. The 2 systems of government are VERY DIFFERENT!

     -- Abby     
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