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September 11, 2007

Quote(s) Of The Day

by Brad Warbiany

“We don’t need a history lesson.”
-Bill O’Reilly

Said during the Ron Paul interview last night, in response to Ron Paul’s attempt to explain the principle of blowback.

But I guess when you live in the 1-hour news cycle of cable news like O’Reilly, you don’t need to worry about long-term effects or consequences, right?

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”
-David McCullough

I think that we would all agree that right now is precisely when we could use some history lessons.

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13 Comments

  1. Amen!

    Comment by Jesse — September 11, 2007 @ 12:33 pm
  2. I think O’Reilly’s show should scrap the “fair and balanced” slogan and go with the more appropriate “ignorance is bliss.”

    Comment by Carolyn — September 11, 2007 @ 12:37 pm
  3. “Here, then, may be seen how in our present political attitude, in our political being, there persists all the past of mankind that is known to us. That past is past not because it happened to others but because it forms part of our present, of what we are in the form of having been, because, in short, it is _our_ past. Life as a reality is absolute presence: we cannot say that _there is_ anything unless it be present, of this moment. If, then, _there is_ a past, it must be something present, something active in us _now_. And, in effect, if we analyze what we are now, if we take the consistency of our present and hold it up against the light in order to reduce it to its component elements as the chemist or the physicist may an object, we find to our surprise that this life of ours that is always this, the life of this present, actual moment, is _composed_ of what, personally or collectively, we have been….”

    –Ortega y Gasset (History as a System)

    Comment by Kyle — September 11, 2007 @ 12:39 pm
  4. Exactly!!

    For me, that was also *the* quote that stood out from that interview.

    “Those who do learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

    Comment by Cathy — September 11, 2007 @ 1:03 pm
  5. Oops. Correction: “…those who do *not* learn..”

    Comment by Cathy — September 11, 2007 @ 1:05 pm
  6. Didn’t Oreilly once cut off some guest who dared to quote Bastiat with a line like, “I don’t care what some 18th century economist said?” (yes, I believe he got the century wrong)

    I can’t find the quote on the web, but I remember reading that a few years ago.

    Next when someone claims that force equals mass times acceleration, he’ll criticize them for quoting 18th century physicists.

    Comment by tarran — September 11, 2007 @ 1:14 pm
  7. Hey Bill O., how about listening to a dude from the 20th century.

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, in the foreword to “The Gulag Archipelago”, speaks of a Russian proverb: Those who remember history lose an eye, those who forget history lose two eyes.

    But I guess thats too deep for you.

    Comment by Al — September 11, 2007 @ 9:15 pm
  8. Brad,

    I remember this history lesson: In 1938, there was a British Prime Minister named Neville Chamberlain who listened to a certain Austrian ex-corporal who was running Germany at the time. One of his perceived grievances was that the Germans were being mistreated by the Czechs in the Sudetenland, therefore Germany needed to reclaim the Sudetenland. Chamberlain agreed and waved a little piece of paper in London with the ex-corporal’s signature and proclaimed “Peace in Our Time”. Soon, the ex-corporal wanted Czechoslovakia for Lebensraum or something like that. Chamberlain did nothing. Soon, the ex-corporal wanted Poland and I’m sure you know how that ended.

    I remember another one: In 1973, the United States and North Vietnam signed a peace treaty in Paris that ended the Vietnam War. Soon, the US Congress, with an anti-war majority; cut off aid to the South Vietnamese government and military. The North in 1975, with Soviet and Chinese aid, launched the Ho Chi Mihn Offensive which ended with US helicopters flying off the roof of the US embassy in Saigon.

    The lesson of these two events are:

    1) Evil must not appeased, it must be opposed.

    2) The United States must not abandon its allies to evil regimes.

    The Iranians do not hate the United States because of overthrowing Mossadegh (he himself is despised by the Islamic government), they oppose the United States because it is the one nation standing in its way of domination of the Middle East.

    Ron Paul should learn some geopolitics.

    Comment by Kevin — September 11, 2007 @ 10:05 pm
  9. If we don’t learn from the past we are destined to repeat it….We must learn from our mistakes…

    Comment by Lucy Stern — September 11, 2007 @ 11:10 pm
  10. Kevin, is geopolitics a simple matter of good versus evil? Do bad guys wear black hats? Are they bad because they’re not Americans? Just how bad do they have to be to become “evil”?

    “they [the Iranians] oppose the United States because it is the one nation standing in its way of domination of the Middle East.”

    Gee, that’s exactly what they say about us — except that THEY’RE the ones standing in the way of OUR domination of the Middle East. You seem to have a lot in common with the Iranians. ;-)

    Comment by Chepe Noyon — September 11, 2007 @ 11:54 pm
  11. Ron Paul should learn some geopolitics.

    A Bit About Kevin
    I am a 21 year old university student… in Hammond, Louisiana.

    LOL… try living some “geopolitics” outside of the-south-shall-rise-again Louisiana… hilarious… Them young whippersnappers know everything… It’s a fight over good and evil… ROFLMAO…

    Comment by js290 — September 12, 2007 @ 12:24 am
  12. I would not be so harsh on Kevin, he is searching and he has found a round peg to fill a round hole. I’t just that the current topic happens to be square.

    Comment by Norm Nelson — September 12, 2007 @ 6:41 pm
  13. Outside of Israel what regime over there isn’t evil? It’s pretty pathetic when our enemy Osama tells us to read Michael Shuerer’s book. Shuerer wants the US to kick ass in Afghanistan and invade Pakistan and brutally wipe out Al Qaeda. Funny he says that Osama is the product of the Saudi education system, strangely we haven’t attacked Saudi Arabia (rolls eyes).

    Comment by uhm — September 20, 2007 @ 12:10 am

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