Tag Archives: History

Now it's 'Everybody Deny the Holocaust Day'

This is how you payback the unbelievers. Some Muslims, furious at the “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day”, are retaliating with an “Everybody Draw the Holocaust Day”. Of course, what the author of this Facebook page really means is an Everybody Deny … Continue reading

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Vietnam: The war that never ended

I was 12 years old in when the Vietnam War ended. Ask me for my memories of 1975, and I will describe a hazy montage of helicopters and mobs of terrified Asian faces. Today marks the 35th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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The Wall that fell and saved the world

It feels like a different era, doesn’t it? The graffiti spray-painted on the ugly concrete, the cheering crowds, the young people lithely scaling the hated stonework as they tore it down. It was 20 years ago when the Berlin Wall … Continue reading

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Paths of Glory

Remember Stanley Kubrick’s classic anti-war movie, “Paths of Glory?”  It’s a searing First World War tale of cynical, glory-hungry French generals ordering their troops into suicidal attacks on German machine guns – and then court-martialing them for cowardice when they … Continue reading

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Counterinsurgency doesn't compute

When I was in graduate school studying political science, I encountered a lot of quantitative theory, especially in peace research. That basically meant a bunch of professors coming up with mathematical models for predicting when wars would occur. Problem was, … Continue reading

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Remembering the "Good War"

Today marks the 70th anniversary of World War II. Technically, it only marks the German invasion of Poland; Britain and France did not declare war until September 3, 1939. But that would be quibbling to the Poles who were dive-bombed, … Continue reading

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Second-class soldiers get their due

Many years ago, I saw a film called  “Camp Thiaoye”. It was a tragic tale about African Senegalese  soldiers who  fought for the French against the Germans, and returned home to French-controlled Senegal in 1944. The men discover that once … Continue reading

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