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Ah! So we need not be missionaries after all? We need not "maintain" order in an increasingly chaotic world? That chaos is a sign to leave, not to stay in foreign countries? Abandoning recklessness and the errors of the foolhardy is not craven. Rather, it's like the fat man who stops eating donuts because he realizes how bad they are, despite his taste buds saying, "But they taste so good!"I am very impressed by the article "Becoming Barbarians" (May 18) by Rod Dreher. If conservatives had been putting forth such perspectives rather than being mere handmaidens to neocon torturers, warmongers, and rabid capitalists, I'd have given you my ear much sooner.Even such a learned scholar as David Bromwich ("Right Reflections," May 18), who has edited Edmund Burke's letters, does not mention that Burke was a Whig, not a Tory, which is why he never described himself as a conservative. He called himself an "Old Whig," a term that FA. Hayek used to describe his own political center of gravity. The Old Whigs were those in the Whig Party who opposed the French Revolution.
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