Thursday, June 26, 2008

"Because only Spartan women give birth to real men."

I read this today (h/t Hugh Hewitt) and it made me think.

It compares the movie 300 to our modern fight against Islamofascism and the liberals who would have us appease them.

From the middle of the piece-

Just like the sacrifice of Leonides and the 300 reverberates to this very day, in the free air we breathe, so too does a comparison between two women of today:

Recently, put out an ad called "Not Alex." It features a young mother, holding her son. It is, needless to say, an "anti-war" ad. Here is the text:

"Hi, John McCain; this is Alex. He's my first. So far, his talents include trying any new food and chasing after our dog — that, and making my heart pound every time I look at him. So, John McCain, when you said you would stay in Iraq for 100 years, were you counting on Alex? Because, if you were, you can't have him."

This women says that John McCain—and by extension this great nation—cannot have her son.

But this cowardly woman—who most likely mated with a cowardly wisp of a man—doesn't realize something vital: John McCain won't take her son. Neither will the military. She doesn't decide for him, at age 18 months or 18 years.

When he grows, he will decide—as a free man—whether to wear the uniform of his country.

It will be up to him to choose, not her or her accomplices at Perhaps, when he grows, he will throw off the corrosive ideology of his mother and recognize what Queen Gorgo did: "Freedom isn't free at all, that it comes with the highest of costs."

Contrast that with another brave woman of today. She is Ania Egland, wife of Air Force Major Eric Egland. Having grown up under the oppressive heel of communism, she knows the value and the price of freedom.

And she has responded to's craven ad with an ad of her own. Here is the text:

"Hello Senator McCain, these are my precious boys Noah and Daniel. Their daddy served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I grew up under communism. So, when you say we have to protect freedom in Iraq, I understand. And, someday, I would be proud if they volunteered to serve this great country. Senator, thank you for your leadership."

Now THAT'S a woman. A mother of free men.

It is hard for a mother, even a mother who recognizes the cost of freedom, to see her child or her husband go off to war.

You think Ania Egland wants to see her sons die in war?

You think that when Queen Gorgo says to Leonides, "come back with your shield, or on it," that she wants him dead?

As a woman who had her husband go off to war, and whose son is currently gearing up to go to Afghanistan for 15 months, this resonates with me.

But go read the whole thing and tell me what you think.



At July 23, 2008 3:29 AM, Blogger Alicia said...

I got distracted by the "Sparta" terms first of all. Anything having to do with Ancient Greece or with King Arthur--well, that resonates on a poetic level first. :) I like the comparison, though. I think way too many parents (like the first lady in the quote) try to decide for their children, rather than letting their children decide for themselves. The Iraqui people are worth fighting for. I will keep Brian in my prayers.


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