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Learn From History

William8156 Wrote: May 09, 2013 7:39 AM
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" -- Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (George Santayana) There is a reason we must teach history without censure, without applying our own interpretation. A lot of good things have come through the years and these we rightfully celebrate. But there have been some horrendous episodes and we must teach so they don't reoccur.
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'Proportional' Response

William8156 Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 8:21 AM
... continued With the alliances of the time (the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance) Europe was plunged into four years of hell. My point, governments need to act with dispatch and vigor. They cannot wait around and bemoan their lot. Step up, do what needs be done ( not proportionally but what truly needs be done), then step back. The world will see it for what it is and move on. Someone mentioned Pearl Harbor. The US response was an immediate attack on Tokyo in 1942 (Doolittle's Raid).
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'Proportional' Response

William8156 Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 8:17 AM
David Fromkin wrote something of this in "Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?" On 28 June, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assisinated in Sarajavo. Had the Austrians gone into Serbia within days of the assasination, none of the Great Powers would have thought twice. There would have been a swift, deliberate reprisal for the murder. Afterwards, well, who knows. But chances of the Great War (World War I) happening? Less. What happened instead, the Austrians went begging to the Germans, to the Russian, to anyone who would assist them. The "response" to the assisination, when it came, was well over a month later and led, not by Austrian, but by Germany. continued...
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Are Guns the Problem?

William8156 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 8:36 AM
When I was very young, I remember kids at recess (remeber those?) using rocks and nails to explode caps from a cap gun. Something that would definitely get them expelled now. In high school, it was quite regular for young men to arrive at school from hunting. Their shotguns were either in the trunk or some still hung from the gun rack in the back of the pick-up truck cab. I also took a course in high school that specifically addressed proper handling of firearms. Upon completion of the course, we were given a certificate that we would then present to receive out hunting licenses, showing that we knew how to properly handle firearms.
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