asdf: One of the “advantages” middle man minorities have is even less of an attachment to the people of whatever nation they are inhabiting. Hard enough to get people not to exploit the exploitable, but add in ethnic, cultural, and religious distance and it becomes easy to dehumanize and take advantage.
Bruce: Bows and crossbows were superior to guns in the hands of robust, athletic, well-fed troops. Most wars were fought between Auschwitz survivors. If you’d spent a six-month siege eating diseased rats, or fed anywhere in Germany’s 30 years war, you could still pull a trigger. Draw the bows carried by the Scottish Archers in Paris, a foot wide at the grips, or an Osmanli Turkish 800-yard shooter, or the bows carried on th Mary Rose that torqued bowman spines 90 degrees?
Scipio Americanus: I can’t remember where I read it, but someone noted that had the Chinese, who had excellent crossbows long before Europe did, figured out a way to mount a bayonet on one that they might have developed linear tactics 800 or so years earlier than Frederick.
Isegoria: I suspect “let the patient diet himself” means “let the patient set his own diet” — don’t force him to eat or to fast.
Isegoria: Bows and crossbows were superior to early firearms, in many ways, but those early firearms were cheaper than either bows or crossbows, as easy to shoot as crossbows, and had lighter ammunition, so they could sustain fire longer. Then there’s the point that doinkers lose.
Guy: “Apply cold or evaporating lotions, place the limb at perfect rest, let the patient diet himself, and the chances are favourable of such a wound healing by first intention..” Diet himself? If they were talking an abdomen wound I could see “diet” making sense in its modern usage, but not here. The only other usage I know of refers to a political body, so what gives?
Nick B. Steves: Makes ya wonder why archery is not more often used in warfare, especially of the guerrilla sort.
Toddy Cat: All my life, I’ve hated, and still hate, Communism, so I can’t root for the Norks, but other than that I can sympathize, Mr. Sykes. Putin is certainly not someone to be admired, and after the 1930′s Terror-Famine, I can understand how many Ukranians feel about Russia. But the US and the EU precipitated this crisis, egged on the opposition, and are feeding paranoia in Russia, which will have grave future repercussions, for us and for the World. The leadership class in the US...
Bob Sykes: In this case, Putin is the (relative) good guy. We have just engineered a violent coup that overthrew the legitimate and democratically elected government of the Ukraine. Yes, Yanukovych is a thief and authoritarian, but so is Obama, Clinton, etc etc. The reality is that the US is the evil empire, violent, corrupt and extremely aggressive. We are on the wrong side of history. We are the main source of violence and instability in the world. Russia is being encircled. Its allies are being...
Bruce: If the Russophile Ukrainians move to Crimea, Putin’s heirs will be dealing with an unfriendly neighbour holding one shore of their major river.