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War and Peace

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  • mtq1st
    Professor David Mayers of Political Science and History sat straight in the reading room in Marsh Chapel with several dozens of his admirers. A handsome
    Message 1 of 109 , Apr 1, 2000
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      Professor David Mayers of Political Science and
      History sat straight in the reading room in Marsh Chapel
      with several dozens of his admirers. A handsome
      middle-age man in a light gray tie and dark suit, he was
      going to share with them his view on war and peace, the
      intellectual foundations of the U.S. foreign policy in the
      last two centuries especially in the Civil War, Spain
      War, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.
      <br><br>In a pleasant voice of a baritone mixed with a
      strong European accent, he first succinctly declared.
      "War exemplifies the realm of necessity in its purest
      form�warring peoples have sought high justification and
      rationalization for their strenuous and gory actions." He then
      regaled the audience plenty of examples. "Homer's heroes
      destroyed Troy not simply for the sake of pleasure or
      plunder--their goal was to enforce codes of civilized conduct�
      Napoleon's legions subdued Europe for more than the glory of
      conquest--they persuaded themselves that they were expanding the
      zone of liberty� Britain's land-grabbing in the
      nineteen century was not aimed solely at preempting
      predatory rivals from laying claim to yet another part of
      Africa or Asia� Hitler's soldiers in Eastern Europe
      justified their savagery with these needs--to redress the
      indignities perpetrated by Versailles, to enlarge the living
      space available to an excellent but crowded nation, to
      save Europe from Bolshevik barbarism."<br><br>(To be
      continued)
    • billionofus
      Celebrate the victory! Visit Boston and make sure you see some live comedy and sports events!!
      Message 109 of 109 , Feb 6, 2002
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        Celebrate the victory! Visit Boston and make sure you see some live comedy and sports events!!
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