The Russians lost 30 million in WWII.
We lost 50 thousand and had no business in that war, anyway.
Whose was the greatest generation?
A million settlers fled to France and those who stayed were much the worse.
As were, have been, and still are the natives of that sad country, Westernized - meaning Gallicized and Francophone - elites apart.
All the same, the General was right.
Cutting Algeria loose was best for France.
As, in the 1990's, was helping the army and the elites sabotage democracy to stop the FIS.
The stupidest thing Reagan ever did was aid the mujahedeen against the Russians.
You may say at the time they were the lesser evil, but they were even then the more threatening and crazy evil, though the establishment could not see it then and still does not.
To this day they really worry more about a post-communist Russia and a faux communist China and the hereditary and pseudo-Marxist dictatorship in North Korea.
But the communists thought they could just wait for inevitable history to bury us.
A foolish belief, but not that scary.
And in the 90's history let everyone in on the joke.
Nowadays, their successors are in it for the main chance, like any normal folk.
Quite otherwise, the Islamists think they must and will conquer everyone else at any cost to us, them, or the world.
That is why they are more dangerous, though they are for now much less organized and less well armed than the communists were or the post-communists are.
It would be best if they never took over a really strong state.
He says he accepts the Catholic religion and Catholic morals.
But he says neither can control appraisal or action in politics, the only subject on which he wants to write or give - or draw - lessons.
It has been thought he might really have been an atheist.
And an amoralist?
The problem is that no Mars mission is possible without unavoidable exposure to cancerous or lethal levels of radiation.
But they really want to do it and the pressure is huge.
So, says USA Today, they've got scads of scientists and professors and ethicists hammering away at it, and I fear they'll keep hammering until they get the answer they want.
Then they'll stop.
And we'll have all the assurance any rational person could possibly want that it's truly morally OK, won't we?
Society's best and brightest consulted, everybody with his ass covered, no stone unturned, no trick missed, nothing left to chance, nobody to be blamed.
Once upon a time, they'd have asked a congress of clergy or the Pope.
Say what you will, those clerics were a lot closer to real independence.
Anyway, having got their OK, the powers that be will go ahead.
They will have officially espoused the kamikaze ethic we refused even in the desperation of WWII.
And for what?
A really expensive science project.
Under capitalism, government checks pressures on businesses to do their worst.
Under socialism, what will check pressures on government?
The independent moral authority of the churches?
Not at this late date.
God is dead, remember?
68 in Nairobi, 77 in Peshawar, 50 in Sadr City.
And the day is young.
This does not seem, by itself, to call for an American invasion of anybody, or an uptick in military aid.
It might be yet another occasion to urge friendly cooperation with Russia and China in matters related to global Muslim terrorism, though that is not how our classe politique will see things.
All part of the new normal we can expect to go on for several centuries, I suppose.
Atheists almost without exception think ill of any religion they know of.
As for me, Islam is the one religion alive today I would most like to go away.
Just go away.
I think this opinion is pretty widespread, too, among atheists, though not among liberal shilly-shallyers.
CNN reports new regulations from an administration that cannot face voters again impose emissions limits on coal burning power plants that are impossible to meet.
The EPA says cheerfully that necessity is the mother of invention.
A senator from West Virginia says the industry will be destroyed, which result environmentalists would welcome.
As they would the also possible result that the price of coal energy rises to make the hitherto prohibitive costs of cleaner energy competitive.
And as for their inevitable impoverishment that also results, the American people can just suck it up.
Liberals will cry crocodile tears about increasing poverty in America.
In his piece in the Times, Putin called for cooperation in the struggle forced on so much of the world by persistent global Jihad.
But so much of the right wing noise machine was so preoccupied with bashing Obama, and so many across the American spectrum are so relentlessly anti-Russian, that few took note that this is a very real concern uniting the interests of Cold War enemies including Russia, China, America, and many US allies around the world.
Most chose to see only the particular common threat posed by a possible Jihader takeover of Syria.
The taboo still holds against recognition, in American public discourse, of Jihad as the most annoying - though certainly not the only - chronic menace to global security in our time.
Though it is a threat to us only because it is a threat to others, because of its possible bearing on the oil supply, and by way of blowback, it is still a threat that continues to be undervalued by our classe politique, even as their responses to individual attentats continue to be wildly, stupidly, and clumsily disproportionate.
Only that and the persistence of America's traditional national vanity can explain such pig headed and unquestioned prioritization of great power rivalry, putting the need for cooperation quite that far out of sight.
The concerns not to offend necessary Muslim allies or unnecessarily provoke Muslim enmity do not explain it.
Much less any legitimate concern not to inflame popular sectarian strife at home.
Putin spoke better than he knew.
And perhaps better than he meant.
stays with you all your life.
The music of your adolescence and early 20s.
I stopped listening to pop music not long after that.
So did my peers, my parents, and their parents.
Very late in life I recovered a taste for jazz.
Jazz of that same period in my life.
Even the classical music I like is mostly what I first heard then.
I have the same haircut and much the same sort of clothes.
Different beard, though.
Too much gray, now, for a full beard.
Too much like Gabby Hayes.
Now it's just a Van Dyke.
By the time Hill Street Blues came along I watched nothing on TV but news, cop shows, and mysteries.
Sine then, I've come to depend on the Internet for news.
Consider that prescriptivism was long the most popular alternative to non-naturalist cognitivism.
And is there any form of prescriptivism that makes moral judgment a demand to do so and so rather than to value as does the speaker?
But the latter is a much deeper, more penetrating, and more despotic demand.
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point is to change it."
Theses on Feuerbach.
Reading Zarathustra - though by no means for the first time.
Even Red Emma could see it.
Nietzsche is one of those I always come back to.
Even for his failings.
Samantha Powers pitched a hissy-fit in St Petersburg because Russia and China are blocking a US attack on Syria at the Security Council.
Well, boo-hoo Samantha.
Welcome to the majors.
The self righteous and angry entitlement of these warmongering liberals when they can't get their way is much more offensive to behold than the merely absurd conservative propaganda we saw when it was GW looking to the Council to OK his stupid war.
Freedom fries, anyone?
She must be very used to getting her way.
A fugitive thought on the idea of consent.
Surrender is not consent.
Well, I suppose that's really more relevant to Plato.
On the other hand, there's a lot of Plato in this essay.
Chapter II, Section 23 sounds like Rousseau and Hobbes, and most certainly not like Locke, Paine, or Nozick.
There is no mine and thine in a state of nature.
Property and whose is what are settled in civil society by the state acting for the General Will, says Benedictus.
Yes, la volonte generale.
More that sounds a lot like Hobbes, including the egoism.
You can see how the Jews would throw him out.
Too much Hobbes by way of Plato, so to speak.
Too much deference concerning the "cultes exterieurs" based on too much importance attributed to a Platonic, mystic, or personal love of a God too detached from historic religion.