February 17, 2011
Dying to Win

My late stepfather Ralph Ingersoll (founder of the New York daily PM) used to say, “If you’re up against people who literally ‘would rather die than—”, sooner or later they’re going to win.”

I thought of him just now, in reading Nicholas D. Kristof’’s report from Bahrain:

Another woman, Hayat, said that she had been shot with rubber bullets twice this week. After hospitalization (which others confirmed), she painfully returned to the streets to continue to demand more democracy. “I will sacrifice my life if necessary so my children can have a better life,” she said.

I thought of it in Poland, in Tiananmen Square, in Northern Ireland, in the Gaza Strip and of course in Tahrir Square. But I also thought of it in Vietnam, and now in Afghanistan. Every suicide bomber, everywhere, makes me think of it.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 17, 2011 12:10 PM
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It's also like that scene in one of the Godfather movies, I think it's II, where Michael Corleone is in Havana trying to see about working with the government to set up a casino there and he sees some guy blow himself up to kill some cops. And right there, Michael says, forget this; this government is finished and I'm outta here. As ruthless as he was, the mobster knew right away there was no way he or the Cuban regime could last against people who were willing to blow themselves up to kill a cop.

Posted by: Tim on February 17, 2011 5:07 PM
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