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Thin Pinstriped Line: The business of Remembering
Veteran and civil servant "Sir Humphrey" on poppies: "I have grown increasingly concerned at the manner in which manufactured outrage focuses on any organisation or individual that challenges the Poppy status quo, by not wearing one. If you are wearing one only because everyone else is wearing one, then perhaps it is time to ask whether the Poppy has become a victim of its own success.

As we move into the world where we are over a century on from the events of WW1, perhaps the time has come to ask if it is time to evolve the service of Remembrance, and perhaps do it differently. I do feel that the need to remember is always appropriate, but that the means by which a simple silence has become a business and outrage outlet to sell papers is increasingly distasteful. "
war  remembrance  poppy  politics  media 
november 2017 by pw201
World War Three, by Mistake - The New Yorker
The author of "Command and Control" on the cheery topic of the degradation of the USA's control systems and the possibility of cyber attacks. Also touches on Trump/Putin.
war  history  nuclear  ICBM  donald-trump  vladimir-putin  cold-war 
december 2016 by pw201
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
"The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it." Via Mefi.
isis  islam  war  terrorism  caliphate  apocalypse 
february 2015 by pw201
The button that isn't | Restricted Data
There's no actual big red button to launch all the missiles. Interesting article on nuclear command and control.
nuclear  icbm  button  war  missiles 
december 2014 by pw201
The nuclear deterrent and reasons for its replacement
Interesting discussion from UK armed forces people on Trident and whatnot. Found in a comment on the aforementioned Charles Stross blog post.
Vulcan  nuclear  Trident  ICBM  SSBN  V-force  war 
may 2013 by pw201
Why The King's Speech is a gross falsification | Film | The Guardian
The Hitch reckons it's rather too kind to Churchill and a bit too kind to George. Still a good film, but worth bearing in mind that it's not history.
history  uk  movie  film  hitchens  europe  nazis  wwII  war  churchill  royal  christopher-hitchens 
february 2011 by pw201
Is Obama About To Become Just Another War Criminal?
"Aghanistan is not a country, it's a criminal enterprise" - Evert Cilliers wonders what America is doing there, a question you might also ask about the UK.
drugs  politics  war  afghanistan  taliban  pakistan  islam 
november 2009 by pw201
Renouncing Islamism: To the brink and back again - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent
The stories of former Islamists who came back from the brink, and just what went wrong to put them there in the first place. "From the right, there was the brutal nativist cry of "Go back where you came from!" But from the left, there was its mirror-image: a gooey multicultural sense that immigrants didn't want liberal democratic values and should be exempted from them. Again and again, they described how at school they were treated as "the funny foreign child", and told to "explain their customs" to the class. It patronised them into alienation. "
islam  religion  politics  terrorism  culture  war  hari  johann-hari  jihad  islamism 
november 2009 by pw201
Terrorism and Radicalization: What Not to Do, What to Do
Scott Atran's presentation on strategies for preventing Islamic terrorism.
atran  islam  religion  terrorism  war  anthropology  politics 
november 2007 by pw201
Steve Boggan on what to do in the event of a nuclear war | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics
Deep beneath Wiltshire lies an abandoned fortress, strewn with old bedding, rusting machinery and stationery marked 'top secret'. This is the Corsham bunker, where the nation's elite would have retreated in the event of nuclear war. Built at the height of
terrorism  war  apocalypse  bunker  nuclear  corsham 
february 2007 by pw201
FT.com / Home UK / UK - Youth and war, a deadly duo
An argument that societies with large numbers of young men tend to be violent.
youth  sons  demographics  war  society 
february 2007 by pw201
Granta: 'Over There' by Chris Hedges
A graduation speech which criticised the Iraq war.
politics  iraq  war  usa 
january 2007 by pw201

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