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comment Did the Germans purposefully arrange to send Lenin to Russia to start a revolution?
@fdb - If indeed the facts of this answer are correct, it would be tough to seriously argue that it didn't "pay off", as it removed an entire front from the war, freeing up 50 divisions and temporarily at least giving the Germans a 3-2 advantage on the Western front (until the US could get there in numbers). Sadly for them, that wasn't enough to win, but this at least gave them a chance.
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Jul
15
comment Is this Brzezinski quote real?
What this answer is really missing IMHO is the fact that 99% of the time when you hear the phrase "New World Order" used, it is not in that Bush-1 sense, but rather referring to a Conspiracy Theory prevalent in the US in far right circles.
Jul
15
comment Is this Brzezinski quote real?
@Oldcat - I could argue around that, but honestly we don't even know the context of this quote. It could be about the post WWII regime, it could be about the post Cold War regime, it could be entirely about economics, it could be about the caviar industry, or entirely made up.
Jul
14
comment Is this Brzezinski quote real?
The phrase "New World Order" raises a lot of flags for me. It generally has negative connotations in the USA. Pretty much the only time I've heard someone use it positively was professional Wrestling heels. IOW: Its a phrase cartoonish fictional bad guys use, not actual people. I'll see what I can dig up.
Jul
14
comment Help Identifying a Armed Forces patch
I'd highly advise doing so as soon as you can. It is liable to make a huge difference in the quality of the answers you get. If you're unclear on how, this might help.
Jul
11
comment Why didn't America finish Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War?
@fdb 70-79 are closer to 50 than 100, so I consider it "mid". Sorry if that confused you.
Jul
11
comment Why didn't America finish Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War?
@fdb - .. they also got a lot of equipment from China. Still Iraq was "primarily equipped with weaponry it had previously purchased from the Soviet Union and its satellites in the preceding decade."
Jul
11
comment Why didn't America finish Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War?
@fdb - Ah yes, I had forgotten about the Exocets. They also had French Mirage fighters to fire them. Still, not quite up to the level of US military hardware, but perhaps better than the Russian that I was implying they relied on.
Jul
11
comment 12 Prisoners demonstrate first steam locomotive
My guess is that the questioner was probably also highly suspicious of this story, which is why they asked.
Jul
11
comment 12 Prisoners demonstrate first steam locomotive
Well, referenced, and the content matches up will with what I found in my researches, so +1.
Jul
11
answered 12 Prisoners demonstrate first steam locomotive
Jul
11
revised 12 Prisoners demonstrate first steam locomotive
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Jul
9
comment Prisons and prison laws in Old Testament times?
This also explains why every 50 years (Jubilee) and after 7 years (Shmita) all debts were forgiven and all slaves were freed. Slavery was effectively a special kind of debt. This is why some like sds consider it more accurate to call it "indentured servitude"
Jul
6
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
6
revised Where did the Crusaders go after 1291?
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Jul
4
answered Where did the Crusaders go after 1291?
Jul
3
comment Why were people from the Asian Steppes able to militarily dominate Europeans on a repeated basis?
A good answer gets an upvote. One could claim it is an explanation of some of the mechanisms behind the military superiority that was at the heart of my answer, but I always like backup. :-)
Jul
2
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@Lost1 - Way, way, WAY before the Han. I didn't mean to imply otherwise. However, China was unified before and afterwards (hence the name "warring states period", implying China having many competing states is unusual).
Jul
2
awarded  Curious