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May 12, 2004

If That's What It Takes

"I have forsworn myself. I have broken every law I have sworn to uphold, I have become what I beheld and I am content that I have done right." -- Eliot Ness, in 1987's The Untouchables

Sorry we've been so lax about blogging today.

We're working out how to say something the right way. We know what we mean to say, basically; but it's tricky to say it correctly. We don't want to overstate our feelings; we don't want to come off like vengeance-minded yahoos.

Although, in all fairness, we are sort of vengeance-minded yahoos.

But there's a way to make that case without sounding gleeful or murderous about it. At least, we imagine there's such a way. There must be.

In the meantime, we'll just have to go all Josh Marshall on you and leave you with that enigmatic quotation from David Mamet's excellent Untouchables script. Discuss amongst yourselves as we promise, "More of our scary-important musings later."

And in the meantime, you can peruse My Pet Jawa, who is sort of on our wavelength when he says:

The Dale Gribble in me wants to bring peace to Iraq. To remake that society into one of tolerance. The Rusty Shackleford in me wants to kill them all, let God sort them out.

We'd like to avoid that kind of language. But let's be clear about this: That's pretty much what we mean.

We just think there must be a prettier, more socially-acceptable way to say it.


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