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Jul
24
comment Was the Titanic tragedy at least partly avoidable?
@mgb True, but undoubtedly the class differences also played a role.
Jul
24
comment Why hasn't Russia maintained significant numbers of aircraft carriers?
@DVK What is certain is that the opium trade surged after the Americans arrived: online.wsj.com/article/…
Jul
24
comment Why hasn't Russia maintained significant numbers of aircraft carriers?
@DVK "Note that they didn't steal a working mine from poor natives." Of course it's not about the mine itself, but the gold mined therein. By taking over the resources they prevent the Afghan nation from mining it independently in the future. (Of course your racist assumption is that Afghans would never be able to do it by themselves, right?)
Jul
23
comment Why hasn't Russia maintained significant numbers of aircraft carriers?
@DVK You wrote: "never mind that only an idiot would assume they intended to get any resources out of Vietnam or Afghanistan". Well, they did.
Jul
23
comment Why hasn't Russia maintained significant numbers of aircraft carriers?
@DVK It is not true that the US did not at least try to extract resources from Afghanistan. American companies (JP Morgan, backed by Pentagon) were looking for gold there, for example: management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/05/11/…
Jul
23
comment Why hasn't Russia maintained significant numbers of aircraft carriers?
@Luke Do you really need sources to point out that Russia is more land-locked than the USA?
Jul
20
comment Before entering WW II, why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
"It's something like 55 miles from Siberia across the Bering Strait to Alaska." - Were there ports which didn't freeze in winter in both Eastern Siberia and Alaska?
Jul
19
comment Before entering WW II, why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
"On the other hand, an Axis victory scenario would probably have involved a Japanese fleet convoying a victorious German army from Siberia across the Pacific to Alaska and British Columbia." -- This army would be doomed. I can't imagine successfully supplying such an invasion army across an OCEAN.
Jul
17
comment Why was the Irish War of Independence in 1918 successful when other revolts failed?
According to Wikipedia: "The number of Irish deaths in the British Army recorded by the registrar general was 27,405, a casualty rate of 14%, roughly in line with the rest of the British forces." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland_and_World_War_I#Casualties
Jul
16
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Jul
16
comment Why are the police never responsible for guarding the Head of the State?
Why under the Treasury?
Jul
13
comment What went wrong with India's scientific development as a society?
Europe had gold and silver.
Jul
2
comment What factors led to the rise of political parties in the United States?
Are there any nonpartisan parties? It sounds like "powdered water" to me.
Jun
29
comment Why was the Western Front so static in World War I?
For D-Day to happen, huge advances in amphibious invasion techniques had to be made. They weren't present in 1918.
Jun
29
comment Why was the Irish War of Independence in 1918 successful when other revolts failed?
India was much more important for them.
Jun
27
comment Is there any evidence to support the claim that the US Strategic Defense Initiative played any significant role in undermining the USSR?
Reagan's spending was kind of a Keynesian stimulus for the US economy emerging from the recession.
Jun
21
comment How does the amount of equipment carried by various historical infantries compare?
1. I'm not sure if height is so strongly correlated with carrying capacity, 2. soldier were often selected for above-average height in the past.
Jun
21
comment If the nazi is a far-right party, why is it socialist?
"There was a time when socialism really seemed like the way forward" - it still does, to many.
Jun
21
comment Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?
If the Philippines were independent, a Japanese invasion of them would still be seen by the US as a direct challenge.
Jun
21
comment How does the amount of equipment carried by various historical infantries compare?
Armies tend to put as much load on an infantry soldier as possible, so the total weight carried is determined mostly by the physical capabilities of a fit adult male. This did not change that much during the last 2000 years. If the current equipment gets lighter, soldiers will simply be given more stuff to carry.