Wednesday, January 2, 2008

"American Parallels:"
From Athens to England

"American Parallels"

This relatively brief discussion of history is worth reading. The author compares America and the contemporary world to similar situations involving England, Spain, Rome, and Athens (Greece). The passing comparison of Sparta and China was one I haven't run into before.

History doesn't repeat itself, quite. But every culture for the five millennia or so* in which we've kept records has been made up of human beings: and certain patterns emerge.
(This post is an edited copy of " 'American Parallels:' From Athens to England" on "Apathetic Lemming of the North," one of my other blogs.)

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.