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Friday, June 25, 2010

The Road Less Illuminated

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Former Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld made remarks at a Pentagon ceremony today unveiling his portrait. Here is some of what he said:

Can you spot South Korea?
“The night satellite image of the Korean Peninsula, my favorite as many of you know well, captured many miles above the earth, tells the whole story. Below the 38th parallel, South Korea is bathed in the light of dozens of cities, monuments to that nation’s freedom. In one of the most successful economies in the world, millions of South Koreans go about their work, creating opportunity and prosperity for themselves and their families. North of the DMZ is darkness. There live exactly the same people, with the same natural resources. But those millions of Koreans labor not for themselves or their families, but for a regime that enslaves them. The stark difference between the free and the unfree is illuminated in that picture. The boundless energy of human beings is most assuredly not unleashed by governments of boundless power. That energy is unleashed only by free political institutions and free economic systems.” — Don Rumsfeld
— Andy McCarthy, June 25, 2010(NRO)
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost
“Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.” — Jerry Seinfeld
“Sometimes the road less traveled is less illuminated.” — TheBigHenry
It is not often that ideological extremes can be rendered in such stark contrast, as the political and socio-economic differences between North and South Korea by the above satellite image. Is there a sane person alive who would choose to live north rather than south of the 38th parallel?

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