Friday, March 21, 2008

The Times That Try (Hu)Men's Souls

That Frenchman, Phil Donahue, has a movie coming out called "Body of War" about Iraq veteran Tomas Young. Phil and his partner, Ellen Spiro, were on Bill Moyers last nite. Try to catch the rerun if you can, and see more here. It's quite good. Moving. Very non- POTUS '08. Phil has even excerpted portions of the Senate/House "debate" of October '02. I can't wait to see this in it's entirety.
Also, this past week, Democracy Now! has played portions of the current Winter Soldier hearings in Washington DC. You can also see them at the Iraq Veterans Against the War site, here. There's some patriotism for ya.

"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."

Published on 23 December 1776, Thomas Paine