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    leolabeth, Unitary Moonbat

    If I know anything about the Goths and Rome...it's from TV ....history on TV, not fiction.

    You do such good work.
    I want to give you some gifts.

    1. Our mercenaries in Iraq are "like the French Foreign Legion, but without the disclipline"--William R. Polk, author of many excellent books......

    He said it in a recent lecture about his latest book, "Violent Politics" [I give it FIVE STARS]. The problem for me with his books is that when I get to the end I have to go back for a second read to make sure I didn't miss anything--he's THAT GOOD.

    2."The purpose of the Legion was to remove disruptive elements from society and put them to use fighting the enemies of France."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    I just learned from Polk's book that after WWII the French used airplanes received for the pupose of use against Nazi Germany.....to bomb Algerians. Moral of the story is that anybody might do anything........

    1. French Foreign Legion in the Imagination:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    1. Beau Jeste? I prefer Beau Hunks with Laurel & Hardy:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    1. Nice page of Machiavalli's "Formula"

    from which I have such fantasies! Somebody whisper in The current Administration/Regime's ear:

    2- It is difficult to keep a newly annexed dominion because of the inevitable damages inflicted on the local population by the soldiers and by the harshness of the occupation itself. It is therefore important not to provoke the population. Do not change old traditions. Change nothing in their laws and their taxes.

    3- When a state acquires a territory with strange laws and customs and where a different language is spoken, there are great difficulties to overcome in order to keep it. The best way would be for the head-of-state to go and take up residence there

    http://giskhan.tripod.com/...

    "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." --Mark Twain

    by LNK on Sun Oct 28, 2007 at 11:40:20 PM PDT

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