James Bowman: why Americans should see “Darkest Hour”

Darkest Hour

Summary: James Bowman reviews Darkest Hour, a powerful film about May and June 1940, the beginning of Britain's finest hours (Churchill's phrase; he never called them the "darkest hours"). It shows the willingness of many Brits to negotiate with Hitler, Churchill's adamant leadership -- which kept Britain in the war -- and has an important message … Continue reading James Bowman: why Americans should see “Darkest Hour”

James Bowman gives an extraordinary review of “Dunkirk”

Dunkirk (2017)

Summary: James Bowman has written an extraordinary review of the new film Dunkirk, seen not just as entertainment but as history. It is a history of the event in June 1940, and a history of how the 1958 and 2017 films about Dunkirk show that we have changed. "The British Empire and the French Republic, … Continue reading James Bowman gives an extraordinary review of “Dunkirk”

Martin van Creveld asks what do soldiers do during war? Rape.

Summary: Here Martin van Creveld reviews a book about an important new book documenting rape by US troops during WWII. With the passage of time we're slowly able to see the full horror of the "good war", the dark deeds done by both sides. This clear sight of the past can hep us prevent it … Continue reading Martin van Creveld asks what do soldiers do during war? Rape.

Notes from the Victory Parade in Moscow about our amnesia, & peace

Summary: Yesterday Russians celebrated their history, the 70th anniversary of VE Day. On the day marking this great shared accomplishment, America displayed our ignorance with a pointless gesture of the kind that damages the amity among nations and prevents diplomacy.  {1st of 2 posts today.}  Lest We Forget: a note about our past and present … Continue reading Notes from the Victory Parade in Moscow about our amnesia, & peace

The teaching of ignorance: what nation most contributed to the defeat of Germany in WWII?

Summary:  When looking at America's problems it's easy to forget that we're a part of Western civilization, and share many social dynamics with our cousins in other nations. Today we have a powerful example. Posts here have documented our amnesic, our inability to clearly to see our past. Perhaps the French have the same weakness. … Continue reading The teaching of ignorance: what nation most contributed to the defeat of Germany in WWII?