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« on: December 29, 2006, 08:22:32 PM »

i don't know how many of your are history nuts.  i am.  so much of history is written and re-written until we are left more with the opinions of the writers, than the actual facts.  senator joe biden is trying to get a large cache of ww2 docs from germany released.  i can't wait!  i'm not a big fan of old joe, but i am all behind him on this!  what can give us a more accurate look at that time than the documents from the time.

there is another web site that is translating the iraq documents.  it's pretty interesting.  you can get lost in the links, but if you have time, some of the info is very interesting.  http://iraqdocs.blogspot.com/

history isn't always what we think it is.  how great to be able to read the orders, thoughts, and actions, of the actual people involved!
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2006, 07:29:00 PM »

History is written by the winners.  If it were written by the losers we would be aware of a lot more despots the like of Hitler and Saddem Hussein than we are.
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2006, 09:24:58 PM »

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that's the truth!  i wasn't just talking about war history though.  my son took us history in college.  i was thumbing through one of his books and began to wonder just what country the book had been written about?  another couple of generations and our history (as written by the history profs) will look much different than the one we learned.

thus the importance of documents smiley
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
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