Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wise comment of the weekend

In a thread about Iraq and Syria at Crooked Timber, a commenter observes: "An assassin started WW I."

The relevance vel non (as the lawyers say) of this remark to the debate about Syria is something I leave as an exercise for the reader.

6 comments:

thusbloggedanderson said...

I am going to have to learn to leave comments like that alone at CT.

... oh, McManus. He has his own zone of reality.

I've finished "The Sleepwalkers" & want to find time to write a mini-review, but haven't succeeded yet.

LFC said...

"I've finished 'The Sleepwalkers'..."

I'll look forward to reading what you have to say about it.

thusbloggedanderson said...

Short version: it's like the Kaiser and the King-Emperor hired Clarence Darrow.

LFC said...

A multilingual Clarence Darrow w archival research skills, presumably ;)

LFC said...

Btw you might want to look at Kindred W's post on '45 and the A-bomb
here

The third comment links to a pdf that I haven't read.

thusbloggedanderson said...

Thanks, I did comment over there. People in retrospect tend to think that the A-bombs were such terrible weapons, surely their use required express orders as to date, etc. Whereas the attitude seems to've been "here's some bombs, here are the targets, go for it."

(Because burning down cities was par for the course by then, and nobody making the decisions seems to have realized that this was going to be something qualitatively worse.)