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  1. Just looked back to my original comment.....I was actually thinking more in terms of radical financial redistribution ie: making Wall Street give the money back, it's not like they earned it honestly is it? You are right about Cromwell, he made a right mess in our cathedral:
  2. Yes, loved it too.....Have close friends in a few states, my cousin is in Austin (actually no, IIRC he's in Edinburgh right now, but when he goes 'home' it'll be Austin). To be utterly candid (and I hope not impolite) it's the change from what I remember that underlies my comment. 9/11 really fucked you guys up.
  3. General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    Not sure if this has been covered, somewhat detailed account of USS McCain collision: https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2017/11/02/sailors-driving-the-mccain-were-not-qualified-to-be-on-watch-navy-says/
  4. Terror Attacks and Active Shooter Events Thread

    Does this even count: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/02/walmart-shooting-three-dead-colorado-store He didn't quite manage the accepted threshold.
  5. North Korea, you so crazy!

    Ah fuck it, sometimes it's just not worth the hassle..... But this made me smile: Possibly of interest, an appraisal of NK's probable assessment of current US policy: http://www.38north.org/2017/11/clee110217/
  6. North Korea, you so crazy!

    Possibly worth adding this: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Syngman-Rhee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syngman_Rhee Keep in mind that Japan was one of the Allies in WWI, at the same time they were brutally oppressing the Korean people and that after WWII the US was just so bothered by the Japanese' awful treatment of the Koreans that they kept their collaborators in many senior positions after the war ended.
  7. Some of these are kinda special: http://gurkhan.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/blog-post_2.html There should be some sort of design award!
  8. North Korea, you so crazy!

    Apologies for the paywalled link, not getting that here.....It was to a FT article about corporate contracts in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, perhaps best left for another thread. It's 4:00am here, so going through the article in detail is a rather more arduous task than I can honestly face, right now.....Can I get back to you on that? Seriously, if you want to go through it I will, but don't for a moment think that I agree with it in its entirety, I merely view it as another useful perspective. While I didn't think it would appeal to all here (it is from a left-oriented site after all), I'm somewhat surprised you have taken quite such issue with it. You seem to be suggesting that US involvement in China began after the Japanese invasion, that simply isn't the case, both parties had been there for a considerable time, variously on friendly terms and at loggerheads. While no grand conspiracies may have been involved, you can be sure the various corporate bodies (again of both parties) had only one motivation, profit. As each party had a policy of supporting their respective corporate interests by force it seems to me that conflict was pretty much inevitable at some point. You are perhaps overlooking my (somewhat glib) comments about outside parties becoming involved, sensing weakness and the potential for popular support, this is precisely what the USSR & China did (on a pretty bloody grand scale too) and I acknowledge it. The US/UN responded in kind and we move directly on to the carnage! Only by the grace of Truman did we avoid it going nuclear back then. PS - IIRC McArthur was the guy that they got to do the job that Butler flat refused. Combat Missions for me (in the editor) but you probably already knew that.
  9. The Saudi Arabia is a Backwards, Laughable Shithole Thread

    They do love their footy: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2017/10/31/saudi-woman-divorces-husband-who-beat-her-over-ronaldo
  10. You know how you sometimes notice something out of the corner of your eye.....Not sure you'd get that with optics. On the other hand, I suppose, you don't get thermal imaging with the Mk.I eyeball.
  11. North Korea, you so crazy!

    Which part is 'wrong'? You may not agree with the author's conclusion, nor his choice of where to place blame (incidentally I never believe there's just one cause for these things), but the fact that the US & Japan were placed on a collision course by their (mutually exclusive) foreign policies is surely not up for debate? Once again, which part is 'wrong'? You may not agree with the works in question, but you don't explain why they are incorrect, or supply any alternative argument. To suggest that I or the article were defending the Japanese policy is ridiculous, hence my response. This is not a zero-sum game, being critical of American policy does not in any way suggest that I (or the author) support the policy of the Japanese (or North Koreans for that matter). As for picking out parts of the article that I found 'really interesting'.....Well I did link the whole article, as I thought that much of it might have relevance to the general discussion in this thread (please note the added disclaimer, I did not for one minute believe that the opinions expressed would be universally popular). If you think I'm defending that pot-bellied loon in NK or attacking the US, you are way off the mark, what I'm interested in is a long term solution that doesn't involve mushroom clouds. Frank and open discussion of the mistakes (crimes if you will) of the past (on both sides) is critical to achieving that end and nothing will improve if both sides bury their heads in the sand (once again I'm not taking sides here, just pointing out that there are more than one). PS - Re: Smedley Butler. Wonder what his thoughts would be on this: https://www.ft.com/content/7f435f04-8c05-11e2-b001-00144feabdc0 PPS - On a positive note, this: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/11/01/u-s-quietly-pursuing-direct-diplomacy-north-korea/
  12. General news thread

    It appears the Guardian is less than completely convinced by the recent disclosure of Osama Bin Laden's documents: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/01/newly-released-journal-confirms-osama-bin-laden-visited-the-west More at Long War Journal: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/11/analysis-cia-releases-massive-trove-of-osama-bin-ladens-files.php
  13. The Saudi Arabia is a Backwards, Laughable Shithole Thread

    Saudi Arabia plans to cause the world's biggest nuclear accident enrich uranium (not for nukes, honest): http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/10/31/saudi-arabia-announces-domestic-uranium-extraction-plan-nuclear-fuel/ What could possibly go wrong?
  14. Saudi Arabia to begin operations in Yemen

    More 'precision targeting' from our delightful 'allies' in the gulf: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/saudi-led-air-strike-kills-29-yemenis-decimates-market-171101135849535.html