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Archive for 'War etc'

War Stories

For years afterwards in the 1950s, the war remained an inexhaustible subject with a huge audience. The memory thus transmitted to later generations is a fragmentary one. An obvious reason is the unparalleled extent and complexity of Britain’s war. For Russians, arguably the war can be encapsulated by the sieges of Leningrad and Stalingrad, the [...]

The World Federation

One reason I like John Wyndham’s sci fi novels is that they happen in a recognisable political world.  A disaster happens, the Triffids take over and society falls apart, and when the world floods in The Kraken Wakes the government shows itself to be believably ineffectual.
I’m not up with sci-fi  so don’t know how true [...]

Orwell’s Blitz

There was a piece about George Orwell: The Complete Poetry on Front Row this evening from 23:03
Orwell originally wanted to be a poet and did keep writing verse.
A Dressed Man is a neat, sharp piece.
His Memories of the Blitz is new to me. As the editor of his poems, Dione Venables says of his poetry [...]

Their own agenda

At such times as these I’m glad I don’t have to make a decision about military intervention in Syria.  It is a serious business, and one that should overshadow all smaller concerns.
Not that stops some people of course:-

And my favourite from Carlton Reid, who I admire as a cycling advocate and for writing an excellent [...]

ANZAC Day 100th Anniversary

100 years since the landing on Gallipoli. I’m posting something I wrote back in 2010:-
Today, 25th April is ANZAC day, which in Australia and New Zealand is the equivalent of Armistice Day.  It commemorates the landing of the ANZAC forces in Gallipoli during the First World War, where they were ultimately defeated by the [...]

World War II: the awful price of victory

The excellent historical Twitter account WW2 Tweets from 1943, which is following the war from 72 years ago on a day-by-day basis, reminds us of the sometimes horrible price of ultimate victory in even the most just cause.
US air raid has missed target disastrously, killing 936 Belgian civilians: attempted bombing of Nazi-controlled aircraft factory In [...]

Publish the Blair/Bush Letters

It appears the Cabinet Office has blocked publication of the George Bush/Tony Blair  correspondence that was written in the run up to the Iraq War.  All that can be published is the “gist” of what Blair said and nothing to indicate Bush’s views. The reason for blocking the publication is either for the Cabinet Office’s independent [...]

“We were scared the first time. But we got used to it.”

Syrian children– any children– shouldn’t have to be this resilient.

Apparently they live in a rebel-controlled area of Damascus which was being targeted by the Syrian army.

What the red poppy means

Guest post by Sackcloth and Ashes

Every year, in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, there is always some brave and noble soul who thinks he/she is telling truth unto power, who decides that now’s the time to have a pop at the red poppy. Through malice or stupidity, both Remembrance Sunday and the Royal British Legion’s [...]

Civilians in Post-9/11 Wars and U.S. Policy

This is a cross-post from Mugwump
One of my earliest posts argued against those who claimed that the U.S was offered Bin Laden on a plate in September 2001. This idea wasn’t particularly popular – it was restricted to elements of the “anti-imperialist left”. The argument handled below is somewhat more pervasive – you may even hear [...]