Siege Warfare, Then and Now

Historian Barbara Tuchman wrote a book titled A Distant Mirror, about how we can see ourselves in 14th Century politics. I found the same is true when looking at the 9th Century BCE. For example, we’re still engaged in siege warfare. From ancient Assyria to modern Iraq, now to Venezuela, and probably next to Iran, […]

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The Love that Dare Not Speak its Name

Oscar Wilde & Lord Douglas “The love that dare not speak its name.” The expression is from a poem by Lord Alfred Douglas, published in 1894. It seems clearly to refer to same-sex relationships, specifically his with Oscar Wilde. After 1969, author Robertson Davis complained that it had become “the love that won’t shut up.” […]

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