- Aug 25, 2017
Doubtful Wars have shaped the political environment since the beginning of Humanity. The people who passed the Penal Laws or the Act of Union owed their position to their ancestors who wound up on the winning side of some war or other depending on how far back you go. Think of the fact that people with Norman and Angevin derived family names still dominate English politics, culture and business nearly a thousand years on from the Battle of Hastings in 1066!Possibly.
But I suspect even von Clausewitz would concede that most wars are trifling affairs given the sweep of political history.
Jeez X, You sure you got that one right?War is the pursuit of politics by other means!!
I was paraphrasing a bit from the original "War is the continuation of politics by other means."Jeez X, You sure you got that one right?
I did have a semester or two of Political Science behind me...
"War is an extension of politics, but by other means"
or the modern corollary:
"Politics is an extension of war but by other means"... like when a politician makes a war so as to distract the population from their misery... such as the Falklands war. And Maggie Thatcher responded likewise and the patriotic backlash saved her ass.
Or Reagan's invasion of some funny Caribean island
The continued re-election of Willie O'Dea.yeah, my fellow P.iesters, just a quick one for you all - Ehat ids the most significant event ever in Irish History -
There are a few contendas -
The arrival of the Celts
The establishment of Christianity here
The Vikings landing
The Normans coming over
Establishment of The Free State
Joining The EEC
Perhaps there are 1/2 others, I have forgotten!
It's hard to pick an overall winner, BTW almost all of them were pretty Shyte in terms of their impact!
I suppose British Imperialism, would get my vote!
But arguably, The Gorta Mor, yes I know there were other famines, possibly impacts just as much on us and our Psyche still!
Reminds me of a quip I overheard years ago:When a British King was defeated by a gay foreigner who was supported by the Pope.
Why do mods allow some posters endless best of, greatest etc lists to survive, while dispatching actual news/politics threads to Zoo?More scribblers lists.
Can you ever give us a break?
True.Why do mods allow some posters endless best of, greatest etc lists to survive, while dispatching actual news/politics threads to Zoo?
Anyone like to chip in with their choice of the greatest General Urko list of best of something something Ireland?