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dimanche 13 septembre 2015

Notes on The World Set Free by H. G. Wells

This book was written in 1913-1914 — that's one CENTURY ago! — even before the two World Wars — but some excerpts are nonetheless either premonitory or still valid nowadays. It predicts the age of atomic bombs and, though in the fiction it works differently in its consequences on the battlefield, it tackles the brand new impact of this strategic weapon as of its deterrence and its proliferation.

Here are some quotes, a list of vocabulary which can has usefulness for non-native English readers, and finally resources for further reading.

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dimanche 10 août 2014

Israel, your strikes on Gaza make no sense to me. Here is why.

I usually don't do politics on this blog, but this makes so NO sense to me that I would like to shake your mind and shape it into a "Oh, wait!". This critique is a bit naive and is probably done without knowing all the ins and the outs, but I tried to make sense of it. I address it to Israel because I think this country can have common sense.

Israel, do you really think Hamas combatants are still on their location when you make a strike on the origin of rockets? When bank robbers use human shields, do you shoot missiles on them telling the world "but they used human shields!" and "therefore they are accountable for the civil human losses"? When you add these, it's like you are bombing a bank with hostages inside and robbers already gone, telling that you had "the right to defend yourself".

What is the effect on your strikes on Gaza? Have they reduced Hamas ability to send rockets on Israel? No. Will it after many more strikes? You said that yourself: "no". I thought the military "iron dome" was specifically designed on this purpose: endure Hamas rockets with few or no casualties; it is currently proving effective, and allows Israel to avoid quasi any human losses. However, instead of simply showing to the world that you are the victim, you fall into the trap of "defending" yourself ineffectively and killing many, many civilians. This way, the Hamas obtains its goal of making Gaza the one victim, and Israel its aggressor.

Gaza Strip NASA Gaza strip, NASA (public domain)