Sunday, September 11, 2005



Soldier and Scholar: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War, edited by Ward W. Briggs Jr. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998), p. 331:
The Ionian Greeks would not rebuild the temples which their barbarian enemies destroyed; they allowed the ruins to remain as mute reminders of the injuries which they had suffered; as mute appeals to heaven for vengeance. Let us in like spirit refuse to efface these memorials of our savage foes.
A simple plaque inscribed with Gildersleeve's words, standing in front of the unrepaired ruins of the World Trade Center in New York City, would have been a fitting monument for that hallowed ground.

Let us refuse to efface from our minds these memorials of our savage foes. Let us remember the injuries which our country has suffered. Let us appeal to heaven for vengeance on our barbarian enemies.

Some have noted that the war on terror has already lasted longer than our involvement in World War II. Yet those responsible for planning the attack on the World Trade Center still remain unpunished.

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