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Mar
15
comment How do new countries legally and without bloodshed declare themselves independent?
Not sure where I got that statement, but I have edited the answer to remove it.
Mar
15
comment What does Russia want with Chechnya
@Sergei Orshanskiy, I can understand your point that this question lacks neutrality. However, that can be said for most questions about history. The way they are answered depends on the perspective of the person answering. A native Russian would have a completely different opinion than that of a native Chechneyan. That's why it is important when reading anything in history that we understand the perspective of the person(s) writing it.
Mar
10
comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
@Alain, you make an excellent point. I don't know exact numbers, but it's true that among the enlisted ranks, there is a much higher proportion of under-privileged youth joining because of the benefits in training and education they might not get elsewhere. However, among the officers, speaking primarily for academy graduates, they stated their primary reason for joining was actually a sense of patriotism. Most of the people accepted into military academies are offered scholarships elsewhere, but they choose to serve.
Mar
5
comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
I made a second edit to remove the question as to why people would join the military. That portion was more likely to solicit opinion rather than provide actual answers. I think this new revision makes the question fit better into our guidelines
Mar
5
comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
@jfrankcarr - Each branch has certain assignments that may be "soft", but I'd put Marine boot camp far ahead of any other branch in terms of difficulty. As far as Rangers go, "most" of them are okay, but I'll take a Marine Recon unit any day! (In fairness, I have to give props to Navy Seals as well, because they go through equally, or more, intense training.)
Mar
5
comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
I edited your original post to make it a little easier to understand. If you feel that any part should be changed back just let me know.
Mar
5
comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
@Rodrigo, as a former Marine, I can assure you they are definitely NOT "soft"! The Marines are the most difficult branch of the US military. They are almost always the first to engage in combat, and they almost always serve the longest periods of time closest to the front lines. While Army infantry is often engaged in combat as well, on average they are not exposed to as much actual combat as a Marine.
Feb
27
comment Founding Fathers and the American Civil War
I edited this post to make sure it fell more in line with our question/answer guidelines. The previous version was more likely to solicit discussion or opinion.
Feb
27
comment Was the idea behind what would become the Holocaust planned by German elites in that time?
I am going to close this question because it doesn't really fit into our format. We need to have questions that can be factually answered, rather than implied or suggested through opinion. This question is the type that would generate discussion rather than answers. If you would like to reword it in the form of an answerable question, we can reopen it for you.
Feb
21
comment What is the significance of “Flappers” in American history?
Wikipedia has a pretty thorough breakdown of the evolution and origins of flappers, so I would recommend checking it out. As far as whether or not they were important or why, both questions invite opinion, which is not what we strive for at SE. The question needs to have a clear and concise answer, and I don't believe this one does. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper
Jan
26
comment Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
I see what you are saying. I can't think of any instance where "America" would be used to include any territories. I believe it has always referred to the continental portion of the US. For example, I can't envision any situation where the US Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico would either one be referred to as "America" or even as part of "America".
Jan
26
comment What aternative locations were considered for the United Nations?
I don't know that there were any specific arguments. The US appears to have simnply been the first country to offer a permanent home.
Jan
13
comment How to research controversial history?
You have a point. Anyone writing their observations is going to allow their own opinions to influence what they write. However, some organizations, such as the UN, will at least attempt to reduce the bias. I read a very interesting UN report on the Bosnian war that was very critical of both sides. However, reading a summary from either side independently shows a completely biased view.
Jan
9
comment Hebrew as the Language of America
I would recommend that you ask this question at the Skeptics SE site. I believe it would be better received there.
Jan
4
comment What is modern criticism of Nazism?
After further consideration, I have decided to close this question. If you would like to reword it so that it asks a question that can be definitively answered without relying solely on opinion, then I will be happy to undelete. One option might be to ask about the historical significance of the Nazi movement. Questions regarding morality or ethics are not really appropriate for this site.
Dec
18
comment How did the US/South Vietnam lose the Vietnam war?
There were a number of factors involved there. The inability of the US to maintain a successful military campaign as well as the efforts of the US to control the military initiatives. I believe a lot of South Vietnamese lost faith in their government because they felt that the governement had become puppets that were controlled by the US as a result.
Dec
13
comment Credible historic description of how the daily life was for the middle-class during the financial crisis of 1929
This question was closed because it does not fit within the guidelines for a SE site. The question cannot be answered with facts or references. It can only be answered by opinion or speculation, and that causes it to fall outside the realm of acceptability.
Nov
18
comment What Are the Dynamics of A “Forced March?”
A forced march isn't necessarily a "last" resort, but it is certainly an "extreme" resort!
Oct
31
comment What really happened to the Maya civilization?
The Mayan collapse identified here happened hundreds of years before the Aztecs came into prominence. The Mayans never completely disappeared, but they definitely were found in much smaller numbers, with most migrating to the Yucatan peninsula. The Aztecs were wiped out largely by disease brought over by Spanish Conquistadors.
Oct
28
comment Why did the Monitor and Merrimac (aka Virginia) have such radically different designs?
My mistake. I was looking at a drawing that provided a side view when I said that it had one gun. It actually had two guns, but they were side by side, facing the same direction, not opposite one another.