Open Thread: Nov 2023
Only two kinds of creature get fun in the desert: Beduins and Gods, and you're neither.
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Monthly Open Thread to discuss, debate, and tastefully shill. Post thing!!!
I’ve done this before in my very early Substack posts, and I’m interested to see what Uptake there will be.
i’m Hoping to do a monthly open thread, a monthly paid subscriber only thread, and a alternating monthly Paid Subscriber only Q/A. So we’ll see how it works out!
This month I am reading The Tunnels of Cu Chi: The Untold Story of Vietnam by Tom Manigold and John Penycate.
Given the happenings in Gaza I thought it would be a good time to deep dive the last time a major westernized technologically advanced Military took on an enemy tunnelled in under third world cities and Suburbs.
The Us at the time of the Vietnam war had A population of 200 million, the Combined north and South Vietnamese population was 41 million, 1/5th.
This is actually slightly BETTER for the attacker than the Gaza Strip-Israeli population difference: 2 million Gazans vs 9.3 million Israelis.
(and note America was Assisted by the South Vietnamese ARVN forces, whereas Israel cannot even use all of its population due to the percentage of Muslim (ethnic-Palestinian Israelis, and orthodox exemptions, note also the need to hold forces in reserve due to threats in the north and the west bank)
Gaza is set to be even vastly more tunnel focused than Vietnam with the Cu Chi Complex comprising 75 miles, and the Gaza Tunnels being officially anounced at 311 miles (though how accurate that announcement is up or down, who’s to say). So I’m burning through this one fast to have a review and Analysis to the current circumstances out soon…
I’ve also had a friend link Me Ron Unz’s right libertarian piece American Pravda: Holocaust Denial about the history of Holocaust Denial and its criminalization, defacto and actual.
I had not known the open secrets about Christopher Hitchens and Murray Rothbard being at-least partial holocaust deniers, and I’ve not read nearly enough to judge the rest. However, I can attest to the extreme historical respect David Irving was held in until the late 90s. I have my copy of John Keegan’s The Second World War sitting next to me, and in it that the esteemed Sandhurst Military Historian describes Irving’s Hitler’s War as “ certainly among the half dozen most important books on 1939-1945”… A rather circumspect and crafty way of saying One of the top 5 books on WW2.
I rather regret bring these elements up so close together, but all the historical discussions come up when history is happening.
However I do not regret DEMANDING that you go and watch Lawrence of Arabia if you haven’t. Put simply it is one of the best shot, acted, scored, and WRITTEN films ever made.
The entire piece is this gloriously tragic character study… The entire film a doomed romance between British Officer T.E. Lawrence, Bedouin Culture, and the Lands Between Egypt and Persia.
I rewatched it in light of recent event, going back to WW1, the Arab Revolt, and Sykes-Picot to see the moment the fate of the Region was placed on a knifes edge, and 50 men in the desert set the dominos falling of whether it’d be Turkic, British, French, Arabic, Jewish, or something else that dominates the region…
As I watched Lawrence and the Arabs storm Aqaba... I looked down at the news, and saw a Houthi Drone strike launched from Yemen had just been shot down by Israel in the same spot.
When you see Peter O’Toole’s Lawrence wandering the desert, it is almost as if looking at Adam, in an inhospitable Garden, awaiting a very brutal fall.
I keep thinking I need to write about it… but then remember I need to Read Lawrence book Seven Pillars of Wisdom first. So that’s on the list.
I’m also working my way through MartyrMade’s Fear and Loathing in the New Jerusalem about the early history of Zionism and the Israel-Pallestine conflict so really digging into everything to do with the matter.
Of course I’m also reading about a half dozen other things and will have reviews up, maybe, as I finish them.
I’m also reading a textbook on bluewater Solo-Sailing. Richard Hanania’s The Origin of Woke, and Costin Alimariu’s Selective Breeding and the Birth of Philosophy
So maybe expect reviews… maybe not. We shall see popular demand and my goldfish attention span will determine it.
Anyway. have at. Don’t feel the need to restrict yourself to any topic I’ve broached, discuss and debate to your little hearts’ content.
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