Discussion in 'Asia' started by Annie, Feb 4, 2007.
Opening and conclusion:
In the peloponnesian war, Athens was at total war with Sparta. Then, Athens, in a ploy to increase its power invaded Syracuse in Sicily. It failed utterly, and the Athenian fleet and army was crippled. Durin this time Sparta increased its power. Throughout the rest of the war Athens was at a disadvantage to Sparta and later lost the war.
Ah, but the real lesson was that Athens had taken allies and made them into subjects by confiscating the money meant to provide for defense of all Greek member city-states, using the proceeds collected to beautify Athens. This hubris of the 'elite' Athens, over the less 'educated' other members was the ultimate act of hubris.
So Sparta and others that were upset, formed the Peloponnesian coalition and took on Athens. If there were an analogy here, the US would be Sparta, though we try too hard to emulate the Athenians of the Western world.
I wrote a HUGE reply to this..Only to be timed out..hahaha..
I HATE THAT.
There has been alot of interesting reading regards to China.
Kissenger(did I spell that right?)...said it most well.
We got to talk with them...Not make them an adversary..hold them back.
I am going to China in July..(So Excited).
If any of you know me...I am very sad with our foreign policy...Not many countries are left..with the same interests as ours to begin with.
I wrote a huge reply to this article..heart felt.
I just hope for peace...I don't want a mini-cold-war with them....
To have an Anti-Amercian Asia is the last thing we need....The whole world seems not to have what's in our interest...
Will we have anything in common with any country in the next decade?
Peace...we need it....Chinese people are good people for the whole.
If we start pumping up the propaganda...they will certainly do the same.
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