Re: Santorum evokes Tolkien
- --- In email@example.com, WendellWag@... wrote:
> If what Santorum is saying makes any sense,I don't see this as at all the sole construction that yields sense to Santorum's analogy. One
> he is claiming that the forces in Iraq are all doomed to die, because the real
> battle is elsewhere and the forces in Iraq are merely there to draw off the
> attention of the terrorists so they don't attack in the U.S.
could say that Santorum means that the fighting in Iraq serves to draw the terrorist forces,
and the attention of their ring-leaders, to one battlefield, distracting them and siphoning
the resources there from launching further attacks in the US, while the other agents of this
war, namely our intelligence operatives and covert forces, are seeking out and attacking
the financial and command centers of those ring-leaders, thus striking at the centers of
will to domination in the War on Terror. You may not agree that this is what is actually
happening, but others, including Santorum, may and do, and it renders his analogy far
more apt than the clumsy constructions others have offered in an effort to portray
Santorum (et al.) as a clueless idiot.
> It assumes that a large military force isn'tThe appeal to the forces of good to do just that: to be willing to sacrifice their own lives in
> going to object to being used as cannon fodder in a battle that everyone
> knows is hopeless
the cause of good, even though (seemingly) hopeless, is rather a (if not _the_) central
theme of _The Lord of the Rings_, isn't it? I.e., that the struggle against evil is never
pointless, even if it is (or seems) utlimately futile: resistance against evil IS its own point.
We must all do our part, even when (seemingly) hopeless, and trust in Providence to win
the day (even if that day is long after our own).
(BTW, this reply is addressed to the general discussion, not to Wendell directly. I don't
know that he himself holds the particular attitudes I've responded to, and don't assume
that he does.)
- Here is a copy of the poem, it is in The Fellowship of The Ring.
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Hope this helps.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Edith.Crowe@... wrote:
> Folks, I'm inundated with Real Job stuff right now and would
> if anyone out there could give me the specific reference. As I
> actually "the road goes ever on and on..."
> Corresponding Secretary of the Mythopoeic Society
> ----- Forwarded by Edith Crowe/SJSU on 10/17/2006 08:51 AM -----
> Karen Brown <shanclan2003@...>
> 10/13/2006 03:11 PM
> The road goes on forever...
> Dear Edith,
> Do you know where I can get a copy of this poem? I gave my Lord
> Rings set to my nephew and nieces years ago; passing the torch...
> Karen J. Brown
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