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You may recall that rhetoric derives etymologically from the Greek word "orator." The Times of London recently (and rightly) honored one such in the person of British Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Collins, Commander of the 1st Battalion of The Royal Irish. In addressing his 800 troops last Wednesday at the Iraqi border, Colonel Collins, besides stirring his men to action, invoked an even larger, still more important rhetorical truth: that "words and deeds," as Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "are quite different modes of the divine energy. Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words." Without added comment, I give you Colonel Collins. Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'The Poet,' The Complete Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, New York: Wm. H. Wise, 1929, 240.

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