Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Myth of The American Political Intelligence

It would be hard to beat the chutzpah of this piece in Esquire by Tom Junod, link below. I think it has some interesting perspectives too, might even be right? But what it misses is the distinction I have made in … Continue reading

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The Holocaust and its Other Victims

No site about conflict can ignore the horrors of the Holocaust. There is a difficult to find German language film on the Wannsee Conference, that planned the annihilation of the Jews, now available on You Tube (thanks to 3 Quarks … Continue reading

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American Decline? Robert Kagan’s View

I don’t always agree with Robert Kagan, who seems to me to pay insufficient attention to domestic American issues in his analysis of US foreign policy, but I think he is longish piece in ‘The New Republic’ (via 3 Quarks … Continue reading

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‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’: Conflict Song

In this case, a great song, accompanied by footage of the march to the slaughter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9jRdPg_ZL8 Over 27,000 Irish men died, serving in the British Army in the First World War out of a total of 886,934 total British deaths. … Continue reading

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Trade Not War: Peddar’s Way

This morning I was walking the Peddar’s Way, a 46 mile long, 3000 year old path, across Norfolk, England. It started life in the Bronze Age, and the basic alignment was later used by the Romans for one of their … Continue reading

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‘Oh What a Lovely War!’ Conflict Movie

With the current focus on the recent Steven Spielberg movie ‘War Horse‘, I thought it might be appropriate to recall another film about the First World War: Richard Attenborough’s ‘Oh What a Lovely War!‘ Here are some clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wfIhl5mn5s&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogUJ8ZnCKmIContinue reading

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Inverting the Economic and Status Pyramid

I think I was fortunate to grow up in South Wales, on the edge of the coalfield, where I was taught that the people who risked their lives digging coal were to be admired. I was just in the graveyard … Continue reading

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