Repost from 2009:
From Billy Beck:
“Perry… if there was a ‘fight’, I would be ass-deep in it and right shoulder-to-shoulder with you. What we’re doing is not a fight. Not any more. Matters are already past anything we can do in blogs, now, and they will be for a long time to come. You can doubt me if you want, but you’ll see.
We’re going to go all the way through this — the whole bloody lesson-plan that should have been the overweening moral of the twentieth century — again. Don’t you see it? The biggest and last domino is falling right now in front of your eyes. This is going to be an example to the whole world, but here’s the thing: ‘the whole world’ is a lot to teach by example. The destruction of America might live up to it, but it’s going to take a while.
And after that, there is no telling how long people will have to live in the greyed shadows of what used to be, before they remember what that was, if they ever do.
We were really lucky in some ways, Perry, although cursed in others: as a long-range matter of history and the serendipitous time of our being, we saw what was possible.
That’s really all there was to it, and I am beginning to find the resolve of facing facts strangely calming.”
I have a very different view than Perry de Havilland.