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38 yo male from Lillehammer in Norway. Interested in computers, Internet, programming, web-design and electronics. Watch lots of TV. Love to read fanfiction.


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comment If Palestinians are an identifiable group, why did the PLO have an Egyptian as their leader?
@sds Perhaps not... but was Yassir Arafath and other PLO-leaders "Egyptian" in their "appearance, mentality, language &c" - or did they live and breath for the Palestinan cause... like Golda Meir undoubtfully lived for Israel? It is after all possible to "adopt" the land and struggle of a people, even if you were born somewhere else. My point was that if you use the birthplace of leaders to disregard the cause of PLO, you can just as easely use the same argument to disregard that of Israel.
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awarded  Commentator
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comment If Palestinians are an identifiable group, why did the PLO have an Egyptian as their leader?
@sds That is a matter of opinion. Look at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine#Etymology , especially the end of the second paragraph. Not only is it clear that it's more than just Judea, but also refutes that it was to destroy the connection. Speaking of connection, "Palestine" comes from the Philistines, which remained a people and country separate from Israel. It's also worth remembering that Israel quickly disintegrated and that the parts then were conquered - among others by an Assyrian(?) king who had Arabs forcebly settled in the area.
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comment If Palestinians are an identifiable group, why did the PLO have an Egyptian as their leader?
Lets not forget that Jordan, Israel and "Palestine" had been one area - Palestine - since Roman times... and that Palestine, Egypt, Turky and a lot of others had long been part of one "union" - the Ottoman Empire... for all intents and purposes one single country. Thus there is no more strange that someone with family-ties to Palestine may have been born in Egypt and had a Egyptian grand-mother, than that an American living in Los Angeles may have family in New York.
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comment If Palestinians are an identifiable group, why did the PLO have an Egyptian as their leader?
Hmmm... correct me if I'm wrong, but several of the political and military leaders of Israel, wasn't born in Israel - or anywhere in the Middle-East - now where they? Golda Meir was born in Kiev in the Russian Empire, David Ben Gurion was born in the Kingdom of Poland and so on... As for Stalin, he was the leader of the Soviet Union, which included both Russia and Georgia. The area north-east of Egypt has been called "Palestine" since the Roman-area - "Palestinians" seems a good name of the people living there (who didn't emigrate from Europe and Asia as several million Jews did)...
Apr
5
awarded  Yearling
Mar
21
asked Gettysburg: What was in the letter?
Mar
21
comment Why was France granted an equal status among victors of World War II?
While perhaps not United Kingdom, lets not forget that Canada, Australia and New Zeland "shared" the British monarch and that the ties (if not reins) between them and the UK was tighter than today... I would color these countries at least pink.
Jun
14
comment Pre-1901/1902 US Presidential Protection
Partly it was probably that the President wanted to be "one of the people". Access to both the Whitehouse and the President for citizens with grievances, used to be a lot more open.
Jun
3
accepted The Constitution of the United States: Background material for the original, esp. the Bill of Rights?
Jun
1
comment What is this document marked “Palestine Bearer Bond”?
Is this the entire bond or an interest-coupon? (For some type of bonds, you have a row of such coupons which are clipped off the bond itself and exchanged for an interest-payment on specified dates.)
May
23
comment The Constitution of the United States: Background material for the original, esp. the Bill of Rights?
Sigh! Would it have killed them (except in the future history-books) to just suppress it for 100-200 years, and then make sure it would be released? ;-)
May
22
comment Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
But how did other colonial countries - like Spain or France - refer to their colonies and colonists? I wouldn't be surprised if they too spoke of "America" and "Americans". But of course for the British, the 13 colonies where their Americans...
May
22
comment The Constitution of the United States: Background material for the original, esp. the Bill of Rights?
Thanks! I'm mostly interested in the 2nd as an argument against pro-guns, as (to me at least ) it's obvious that it's the state's "need" to build a "well-regulated militia" that's paramount - and three drunk men with shot-guns in a pick-up truck does not a well-organized militia make. Still, strange they're suppressing it, as an understanding of how they thought would be nice to interpret them correctly - especially where it's ambiguous and unclear.
May
22
asked The Constitution of the United States: Background material for the original, esp. the Bill of Rights?
Apr
30
comment What types of Poison gasses were used in World War 1?
Could also mentioned that occationally the wind would turn, with predictable result. All in all, gas wasn't that successful a weapon.
Apr
25
comment The practice of translating foreign monarch's or noble's name
Personally I think this is an obsession among English-speaking people, as they do much the same with countries and places too (eg. "Florence" instead of "Firenze"). What I've learned - at least when it comes to names on persons - is that one should endeavor to pronounce it as close to how the person themselves pronounced it. Obviously that's not always easy, as some combinations/sounds are unknown in some languages. So I think it's more telling about English-speaking people, than about historians.
Apr
20
awarded  Scholar
Apr
20
accepted What would be a typical rank for KGB intelligence offices spying abroad in the 1980s?
Apr
19
awarded  Student