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Which means never

April 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

“In security matters there’s no democracy.” – Defense Minister Moshe Dayan (quoted by Michael B. Oren in Six Days of War)

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Cleared that up

April 21st, 2017 · No Comments

“An attack from a state is an attack by a state.” – Ambassador Ephraim Evron (quoted by Michael B. Oren in Six Days of War; emphasis in original)

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A failure to grasp the situation

April 17th, 2017 · No Comments

“On June 4 [1967], one Lieutenant Hamid, a newly graduated Egyptian second lieutenant, assigned to a transportation company near Suez, was ordered to take a convoy of antitank ammunition to Kuntilla, near the Egypt-Israel frontier. He left that afternoon, bivouacked with his convoy east of Nakhl that night, and early the following morning reported to […]

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Tags: The Forever War · Trevor N. Dupuy

Can’t have cake and eat it, too

April 16th, 2017 · No Comments

“The Egyptians and their Arab allies make much of the fact that the [1956] war was begun with a surprise Israeli attack, which they therefore characterize as ‘aggression,’ or ‘unprovoked aggression.’ However, this places them in the position of basing their case upon two inconsistent arguments. Either they were not at war with Israel—in which […]

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It’s complicated

April 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“It is simplistic and misleading to suggest that the Zionist Jews used the pretext of religion and ancient historical tradition to eject the legal occupants of Palestine from their homes by force and terror, and then illegally expropriated their land. It is equally simplistic to suggest that the sole Israeli answer to such accusations is […]

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Shake it up, baby, twist and shout

March 25th, 2017 · No Comments

“Terror is a powerful means of policy and one would have to be a hypocrite not to understand this.” – Leon Trotsky (quoted by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago (trans. Whitney))

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War

And to every other living being

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“From the time man first raised fist to man, the lot of prisoners of war has been hard. The ancient peoples sometimes crucified captives; they invariably enslaved them, for life. From the time of Peter of Dreux, who burned out the eyes of prisoners, with hot irons, to the captives of Stalingrad and the hell […]

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Tags: The Forever War · The Korean War

Of Hobbesian nature

November 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

“From a place where only the law of the strongest prevails, no one returns unharmed.” – Rik Coolsaet, “Facing the Fourth Foreign Fighters Wave”

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War

The Project

September 17th, 2016 · No Comments

Twenty-seven months ago, around the time of the centenary of the the start of the First World War, I began a reading project, setting myself to read about the twentieth century’s wars, the political and economic and ideological struggles, and the people caught up in them. I knew a fair amount about the subject already, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War · The Great War · The Korean War · The Second World War

We’ve got you covered

June 30th, 2016 · No Comments

“You may not be interested in the Revolution, but the Revolution is interested in you.” – Leon Trotsky

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If not greater than

February 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

“Peace is not a principle, it is only a desirable state of affairs, and can’t be obtained without a capacity for violence at least equal to the violence of the threat.” – Clive James, “Joseph Conrad: Anticipating Terrorism”

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Let’s get this straight

February 15th, 2016 · No Comments

“A criminal citing any reason or religious text for his or her crime does not make that atrocious act less criminal, nor does it make those who take the classical sources and tradition seriously somehow implicitly connected to what is being done.” – Dr. Hatem Bazian, “ISIS’s compounded ignorance is criminal but not a theology”

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Rats on a treadmill

January 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

“What will we do when we lose the war? Prepare for the next one.” – Julius J. Epstein, Cross of Iron

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War · The Second World War

How tall towers can be brought down

March 10th, 2015 · No Comments

“Bending and buckling (deformation) of steel beams and columns occurs when the steel temperature exceeds approximately 538 degrees C (1000 degrees F). At elevated temperatures, steel exhibits a progressive loss of strength. When there is a greater fire exposure, the load required to cause deformation is reduced. Deformation is not the result of melting. A […]

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