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Jul
16
comment Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Thank you. Despite the hoover*-isms, I don't think that today we associate Hoover with poverty. As for Dewey, I don't think that "Dewey defeats Truman" quite makes him memorable, nor memorable for reasons other than what he intended. Nixon is borderline, and as for Hussein what intentions of his do you suspect that were misinterpreted or misrepresented? Benedict Arnold was quite the traitor due to spite, so his reputation is deserved. Regarding Marie Antoinette, like Hussein, what intentions do you suspect as forgotten today? Please elaborate! Thanks.
Jul
16
comment Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Are there people who we remember for their failures? Tesla, maybe?
Jul
16
asked Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Jul
15
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
13
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
@heltonbiker: I mean "fair" to be "light", the opposite of "dark".
Jul
12
accepted Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Jul
12
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Thank you, I have never heard of the Ainu.
Jul
12
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Thank you! When I mentally picture the barbarians, I do imagine dark skin and hide clothing but now I see how ridiculous that would be. I'm obviously influencing that picture with the very element that prompted this question in the first place!
Jul
12
asked Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Jul
11
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Jul
11
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
Thank you. I considered editing the question, but decided to leave the "significantly close" part for two reasons: 1) I had assumed that technological progress would affect mapmaking worldwide and the revelation that this is not so is significant, and 2) The fact that different parts of the world were mapped with different accuracy despite the technology is actually an important historical fact that should be emphasised.
Jul
11
asked At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
Jul
1
comment What do I need to know about Syria's history to understand the 2011-2012 uprising?
On the subject of Iran eager to show off her missile technology
Jun
29
comment What do I need to know about Syria's history to understand the 2011-2012 uprising?
Iran has a proxy army in Lebanon and a huge indigenous missile arsenal that has seen almost no combat. Somebody wants to prove that missile tech, especially 1000 km+ guidance systems against a land target. A nice secondary effect will be to scare Israel. Every launch will be suspected of being directed as Israel, and our air force and civilians will have a hell of a time with all the false alarms.
Jun
27
comment What do I need to know about Syria's history to understand the 2011-2012 uprising?
I have a hard time imagining a NATO or US invasion of Syria. First, Turkey wouldn't stand for a US attack, and Iran would happily open a second front. Secondly, NATO cannot field ground troops, and airstrikes against the very land that Russia tests its most advanced anti-aircraft systems in would be a mess. Syria has probably the most effective AA in the world after Pyongyang. The most likely US/NATO interference would be transfer of arms and intelligence to indigenous Syrian opposition. It would be another proxy war and there is no oil in Syria to fight for. So I don't envision interference.
Jun
27
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Jun
27
answered What do I need to know about Syria's history to understand the 2011-2012 uprising?
Jun
27
comment What do I need to know about Syria's history to understand the 2011-2012 uprising?
Actually, everyday Israelis regard the Golan Heights as Israeli in every regard. It comes as a surprise to Israelis when they hear for the first time that the Golan Heights is considered by some to still be Syrian. In the early 80's Israel annexed the Golan and extended Israeli law to it, and a sizeable portion of the Druze there now hold Israeli citizenship. Of course, we do know that Syria still considers the Golan Heights to be Syrian, and we know that one day the Golan may be returned much as Sinai and Gaza were. Travelling to the Golan is like travelling to any other part of Israel.
Feb
26
accepted What is the origin of the rampant lion herald?
Feb
26
comment What is the origin of the rampant lion herald?
Thank you, it is exactly the attitude of being rampant that I was wondering about. Your explanation does sound plausible, as the rampant lion surely fills the shape of the shield well. Thanks!