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Advice for Americans

It is a while since I referenced Kipling - I was reminded to do so again by John. But with the news from America being dominated by the burden of Iraq it is worth reading again his advice written to encourage the U.S. in 1899 to intervene in the Philippines.

(And don't be silly and run around crying "racist" and "sexist" because he uses the word's "White Man" - it is just a dated phrase.)
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Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
..
Take up the White Man's burden--
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought he us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"
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Read it all...

Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.

Take up the White Man's burden--
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain
To seek another's profit,
And work another's gain.

Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.

Take up the White Man's burden--
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper--
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go mark them with your living,
And mark them with your dead.

Take up the White Man's burden--
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought he us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"

Take up the White Man's burden--
Ye dare not stoop to less--
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloke your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your gods and you.

Take up the White Man's burden--
Have done with childish days--
The lightly proferred laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!

Comments

The Americans should vote for John Kerry.

If they dont the Terrorists will attack them.

See how safe Spain has become since the people sided with Islam against its government.

Dont fight Islam. Vote John Kerry.

Brian

Spain might not have been attacked by terrorists since the election, but saying that people should vote for some-one who does not fight Islam is stupid.

We are fighting a war against terrorism and you never win a war by surrendering.

After coming now to the end of an exhaustive Presidental race this post was a breath of fresh air. I linked it on my site and intend to read it before it again before I pull the lever for Bush again. In such a cynical world where we are accused both abroad and domesticaly that the war is about Halliburton, or oil, or power your post gives me courage.

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