Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Thucydides has something to say about Bush's America:

There was, then, civil conflict; and those of the cities
which were involved later, through hearing of what
had happened earlier, pushed on to further extremes
of innovation both in the ingenuity of their schemes
for seizing power and in the extravagance of their
reprisals. They altered the accepted usage of words
in relation to deeds as they thought fit. Reckless
audacity was termed courageous loyalty to party;
prudent hesitation, specious cowardice; moderation,
a cover for spinelessness; and ability to understand
all sides, total inertia. Fanatical enthusiasm was rated
a man's part; and cautious deliberation, an euphemism
for desertion..."

The Peloponnesian War, Book 3
circa 425 B.C.E.