When considering something as profound and noble as sacrifice on the field of battle, I was very pleased to find some familiar quotations from Edmund Burke. He lived from 1729 to 1797, was born Irish, served in the British parliament, was a supporter of the colonists in the American revolution, and is considered to be a philosophical founder of modern conservative thinking. He had a number of important things to say about tyranny, liberty, freedom and conflict. Although he said these things more than 200 years ago, they are just as pertinent today. Here are a few that I think relate to our men and women serving (and who have served) in the armed forces.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.”
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”