Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Yuri Andropov, KGB chief during the VN period, reportedly said their propaganda victory during the VN war was their greatest achievement. It was seamless in its strategy. On the one end, in VN toddlers would be set to walk to American soldiers with bombs set to detonate or women in distress apparently needing to give an infant with a timed explosive device to a new soldier. The infants might be shot and explode or thrown off a bridge and explode as the Americans defended themselves. This created a predicate for the charge that the soldiers were baby killers. As Andropov as General Secretary gave us Gorbachev who gave us the end of Russian communism, perhaps we could console ourselves and see VN as a Pyrrhic defeat leading to Russian hubris. This is not to say there were never crimes on our side, but this was part of the context. As a commenter noted, 'context' for a discussion on Bill Ayers.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Repairing obscured history reminded me of the interactive map of the 1860 Census in the NY Times. One of the icons in the map shows that Dallas County, Alabama was a 77% slave county in 1860. The soil there is described as a rich, black soil, good for growing cotton. This band of soil extends to an area of Texas called Dallas. Dallas, Texas was the second biggest collection point for cotton in the world in the 1880s. The reason for calling the Texas city and county Dallas is obscure but perhaps it was originally to signal that it was a good place to have slaves and grow cotton. In a twist of fate or, more honestly, public relations, Dallas subsequently may have found other explanations for its name.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Brad DeLong's post on Cuba, a cry with me for Cuba piece, reminded me of Luis Garrigo, M.D., a refugee from the Revolution, who landed in Dallas for a while. He was a psychiatrist who seemed not at all distracted by his work or responsibiliies to being open to others. In regard to criticism of pre-revolutionary Cuba he might considerately respond yes but the present state was worse and, on other occasions but it would apply there too, with the Latin phrase, 'Festina lente,' which he would translate as 'Hurry slowly.'
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The Jews and the Gospel, A Re-examination of the New Testament ( Inscribed By Au an amazing book. I got it for a few dollars as a used paperback, IS THE NEW TESTAMENT ANTI-SEMITIC . I see it is hard to replace.