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  • What to do with Confederate statues?
    • Sculpture garden is one idea.

      Removing them from public display and putting them in a museum is another.

      Here in Chicago there is a complete U-Boat (U505) on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. As far as I know nobody is offended by it.

      Those statutes are a reminder of a sorry part of American History. They are not to be exalted. Rather, displayed as a cautionary reminder of the baser impulses of some rather nasty people.

  • Top 5 Reasons Confederate Flag should stop Flying at SC Statehouse
    • " Those who fought beneath the Confederate flag were fighting to retain slavery. "

      True of the elitist officers and those of the academic class (such as yourself Professor Cole) who were huge supporters of the central Confederate government.

      But the private soldier most likely had no slaves what so ever. Typically it was a 'rich mans war and a poor mans fight'.

  • Palestine Pres. Abbas will urge Int'l Boycott of Israel if US vetoes UN Resolution
  • Palestine's Abbas finally says will Go to UN over Israeli Squatters
    • Joseph,

      Time for you to put up or stfu.

      Please start boycotting the products and services of Israeli owned companies.

      Please start boycotting the products and services of International companies doing business with and investing in Israel.

      Thank you.

  • President Obama's Doubtful Grounds for Military Action against Syria
    • "... a set of Serious Historians ..."

      You're kidding? Aren't you? Probably not. I guess you would have been happier with a couple of more years of war. With the Japanese murdering thousands every day. And then millions of Japanese casualties while the US used conventional tactics to defeat the war lords.

      Or do you think the US should have blockaded Japan and starved them all to death?

      So easy from 70 or year years later to say what should have happened. You would be arguing now that those millions of deaths could have been avoided if only Truman had dropped one of those A-Bombs and shortened the war by a couple of year.

  • Evo Morales of Bolivia joins in Offering Leaker Snowden Asylum
    • The same court which found the German 'Nuremburg Laws' to be illegal. Which, is to say, none at all.

  • Israel, Syria, Trade Fire, Threats in Golan Heights
    • Maybe Israel would leave Golan if Syria made peace with it.

      After Egypt made peace with Israel, all the Israeli settlements were removed by troops under the command
      of that noted anti-Zionist Ariel Sharon.

      You would think that Assad would be willing to do anything he could to remove the Israeli presence from Golan. But I guess offering to stop shooting at Israeli civilians from the Golan Heights is too high a price to pay.

  • Rep. Peter King Calls on FBI to put him under Close Surveillance and Profile Redheads
    • The posting is about the hypocrisy of one IRA supporter.

      Mission accomplished. One of the great take downs in blog-writing history.

  • Israel at 65: Welcome to the Neighborhood (Map)
    • My goodness!

      Professor Cole labeled this post 'Satire'. Did you bother READING the names he used for the other countries in the Mid East? Perhaps this isn't quite up to the standard set by The Onion, but for an academic it isn't that bad.

      Can't you people chill for one day?

      You can get back to bashing each other tomorrow.

  • Top Ten Implications of the Damascus Bombing
    • Quite a naive reading of Hizballah's position and capabilities. Also, what an odd if not eerily reductionist reference "leader of the Hizbullah Shiites of south Lebanon (a neighbor of Syria)". Are you serious here? Last time I checked, Shiites reside throughout Lebanon and are probably the largest confessional population in Beirut. Hizbullah's position is strategic and little else. Most Shia of Lebanon feel little sectarian love for the Alawi. This is a regional war and one that the fundamentalist Khaleeji Sunni base and their hardline Ikhwaan/Salafi affiliates throughout the region would like to play out on the symbolic battlefield of Karbala writ large across the Levant and Iraq/Iran. You, sir, should know and understand the complexities of that better than anyone. Go to Beirut and talk to your average Shia (or Christian) and you'll get a sense of their existential fears. One outcome of the Syrian war that you seem to have ignored altogether is the likely strengthening of ties between Shia and Christians, especially in Lebanon. Matters are different for Christians in Lebanon/Syria than they are in Egypt. The typical Egyptian neighborhood is not armed to the teeth and does not have the recent memory of civil war. Whatever happens in Syria, what's clear is that the war will spill over into Lebanon. That said, short of carpet bombing southern Lebanon back to the stone age, Israel will never ever retake Lebanese territory. That is not and will never be on the table.

      Your readers deserve better.

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