Archive for the ‘history’ Category

Obama, the most fit President in history

December 30, 2008

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/24/AR2008122402590.html

How the west was nearly lost

April 27, 2008

Western civilization — that is, from which blossomed democracy, art, philosophy, literature, science, and the industrial revolution.

Under General Sabotai the Mongols were prepared to invade Vienna in the first winter months of 1242. No question they would have decimated the city with their vastly superior army of nomadic warriors. At the time no other military force in the world could match their lethal combination of speed, maneuverability, discipline, and weaponry. From there, the Mongols would have pursued conquest into the Low Countries and then France and Italy. Had Antwerp, Paris, or any other European city resisted, the Mongols’ would have destroyed the city to ruins and murdered all of its inhabitants. The alternative of surrendering wasn’t much brighter; the cities would have been torched and the women and children spared for a dreadful life of slavery. This was the modus operandi of the Mongols, who left a trail of blood and tears stretching for thousands of miles, from China to Central Asia to Southern Russia and as far west as Hungary.

How then was Western Europe saved from this horrific fate? The turn of events was spurred by the timely death of Ogadai, Khan of the Mongols and third son of the infamous Genghis Khan. General Sabotai followed the Mongol law which required him to be present in the homeland to choose a new Khan. The formidable Mongol army never returned to Europe again.

For source material, read ‘The death that saved Europe‘ in the fascinating book, What If?, edited by Robert Cowley.

War for dummies

April 25, 2008

A friend once told me, “War resides in human nature. War comes as natural as breathing to mankind. On the onset of war, people grow excited to join to kill the monotony of everyday life. War empowers them with the feeling of being very much alive. Mankind finds no glory in farm work, factory work, or work in the service sector, especially with petty compensation. Since ancient times, virtually all the mythological heroes were warriors, and war was the only means to feel connected to them. History books highlight wars. Peace times are glossed over. War will always have a central place in the hearts of men.”

Indeed, we live in a crazy world. I am not one to advocate dismantling a powerful American defense, which includes deterrence with nuclear weapons. Liberty must be protected with a feared military defense. However, this notion of a preemptive war strikes a dangerous chord and crosses the boundary of a legitimate defense. If there is a lesson learned from the Iraqi War, I hope it’s the realization of the insanity of a preemptive war strategy.

For an interesting and recent editorial piece on the insanity of war, read Paul C. Campos’s Warrior envy, mass psychosis and McCain.

Kamekaze saved Japan from invasion

April 10, 2008

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Japan’s Kamakura infuriated Kublai Khan, ruler of the vast Mongol empire. They defied his demand for surrender by beheading some of his emissaries. The proud Mongol emperor was incapable of taking any form of “no” for an answer. In 1281, he organized an armada with some 140,000 warriors to annihilate the Kamakura. Against such a mighty force, Japan had nil chance for victory in battle. A wall constructed around Hakata Bay in northern Kyushu and attacks by smaller Japanese boats could only stall the Mongols from landing ashore. Of incredibly good luck for Japan, more defense would not be necessary. A typhoon wiped out nearly the entire fleet. This typhoon is called the kamikaze (“divine wind”). It is this kamizake that Japan’s World War II suicide pilots, who tried to stop another massive invading force, were named after.

Today, the Mongols are invading Japan in a different arena. Click here to learn more.

Robert E. Lee’s daddy

April 8, 2008

History has its ironies, and American history is no exception. Fellow Virginian and Congressman Henry Lee III eulogized George Washington, who went to great strides to preserve the young republic, including refusing to be named king and remain president for a 3rd term. Henry Lee III’s 5th child was the famous Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who we all know led the rebellion against George Washington’s American republic.

Here is Henry Lee III’s famous eulogy:

“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in humble and enduring scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform, dignified, and commanding; his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting…Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues…Such was the man for whom our nation mourns.”

Bust of George Washington, who appears to be more like Emperor Caesar Georgus Washingtonius, the first emperor of the American empire.
Hail Caesar Georgus Washingtonius