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Imperial Defiance

excerpts from a column by Joel Miller. June 30, 2005

Some people will not and cannot be defeated. The people behind the following statements, for instance, have the power to resist and defeat their seemingly stronger enemy:

1. We are not weak if we make a proper use of the things which God has placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of victory in this country are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

2. For the sake of our nation, our aim is either victory or death. And god is witness to our oath!

Statement number 1 above rolled off the tongue of Patrick Henry in a speech to the assembly of the Virginia Colony in March 1775. The speech ended with, "Give me liberty or give me death."

Statement number 2 appeared just the other day, June 26, 2005, in a communiqué from the Mujahideen Central Command in Iraq refuting Rumsfield's claim that negotiations have been initiated with insurgents.

We can find this style of 'imperial defiance' in oratories from Churchill in England to Giap in Vietnam. It shows us the direction of a conflict, and how the balance of power will flow. The style is braced with a backbone of steel and an unflinching stare in the direction of victory. It not only represents the opposite of the spineless jingoism and the anemic chauvinism (not to mention the downright lies) of arrogant power, it also clearly indicates a people who cannot be defeated.

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