Recounting a Soldier’s Reaction on Being Sent to the Frontline

“Private Xu Xiangyao joined the PLA in his village in Hebei on March 19, 1984. After a few weeks of intensive training, he was assigned to an infantry company in the Thirteenth Army. That summer, his regiment moved south by train. Inside their boxcar, one of twenty-one, no one talked. “We were so nervous and… Read More

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Wicked vs Vulgar…

“As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar; it will cease to be popular.” Oscar Wilde (1854 to 1900) Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish wit, poet, and dramatist whose reputation rests on his only novel, The Picture of Dorian… Read More

Short Decisive Wars & Human Illusions…

“The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appear to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.” Robert Lynd (1892 to 1970) Robert Staughton Lynd, and Helen Lynd, were a husband-and-wife team of American sociologists who collaborated on the Middletown books, which became classics of sociological literature as well… Read More

Great Power & War…

“As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.” Albert Einstein (1879 to 1955) A German-born physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. Einstein is generally considered the most influential physicist of… Read More

War is…

“War is a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.” Ernest Hemingway (1899 to 1961) Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist and short-story writer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He was noted both for the intense masculinity of his writing and for his adventurous and widely publicised life. His succinct… Read More