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  1. The battle of Amiens should be remembered and World War I should be commemorated as the hideous and avoidable bloodbath that it was. Late in life, Frederick the Great, like Asoka raja before him, came to see and understand the reality of armed conflict: "A sovereign pushed into war by his fiery ambition should be made to see all of the ghastly consequences for his subjects - the taxes which crush the people of his country, the levies which carry away its youth, the contagious diseases of which so many soldiers die miserably, the murderous sieges, the even more cruel battles, the maimed deprived of their sole means of subsistence, and the orphans from whom the enemy has wrested their very flesh and blood... They sacrifice to their impetuous passions the well being of an infinity of men whom they are duty bound to protect... The sovereigns who regard their people as their slaves risk their lives without pity and see them die without regret, but the princes who consider men as their equals and in certain regards as their masters are economists with their blood and misers with their lives." He was addressing absolute rulers in the 18th century, but the odious leaders of the belligerent nations that followed should be held accountable for the ghastly consequences of their actions as well.
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    Kenny Rogers= When to hold-em, When to fold-em

    You had a good run Gonzo... be thankful for that. A great host at the Pun Pun and an always entertaining poster on ThaiVisa. I'm 74 myself and have spent most of my life here since the late '70s. Even with all the changes Chiang Mai is still where I want to be until the end. Hope you feel the same. Choke dee bro.
  3. Spot on. It's much easier to talk about anti-Semitism than defend Israel directly. Israel itself keeps making that harder and harder.
  4. The fact of Israeli isolation by the international community is expressed in many ways. The recent UN vote was one of them. With the exception of the trusty old US, not one vote supported Israel.
  5. So true. Radical Zionists are the worst enemies of Jews all over the world. No amount of Hasbara spin can refute that fact.
  6. Hamas can be legitimately blamed for a lot of things, but not this. Give one example - anywhere in the world - where people are being shot dead for approaching a border fence. The vast majority of those killed didn't have "incendiary devices and grenades", they were shot down in cold blood. On this issue the whole world is against the US and Israel... and rightly so.
  7. That basic question is often raised but no convincing answer is ever given. Accusations of anti-somethingism are usually part of the response to this legitimate inquiry.
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