Monday, May 2, 2011

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Sic semper tyrannis - thus always to tyrants!

Osama bin Laden is dead!  Congratulations to the United States Government and Military for destroying this monster.  We can only hope and pray that by cutting of the head, that the body of al Qaeda will start to wither and die.   Our thoughts and prayers are with all families who have suffered losses in the 9-11 and other attacks.  We also want to honor and thank members of the world intelligence services who identified bin Laden's hiding place.  Our thanks to the members of the United States military and their families who make the sacrifices necessary to destroy the evil forces that threaten our safety.

Sic semper tyrannis, the phrase that serves as the official motto of the State of Virginia and appears on its seal and flag, now may applied to the death of bin Laden.  The phrase had its supposed origin with Brutus and the assassination of Julius Caesar, and was shouted by John Wilkes Booth  after shooting Lincoln.  Now we can apply it to true villain.  Whether you employ the literal translation or mistranslations, "death to tyrants" or "down with tyrants," we now have a villain most deserving of the phrase.

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