All entries for Sunday 17 October 2004

October 17, 2004

Dumb Kid With Mask

Writing about Microsoft Top Tip #1029472 from fake plastic trees

Hey, its a kid cleverly disguised as…. the same kid!

Historical Ignorance

Writing about web page

Looking through the web, I found this?

Q: Name the three major powers of each:allies and the axis.

Allies: US, Great Britan, don't know

Axis: Japan, Germany, Italy

I mean, hello? Ever heard of Russia? The big landmass which is perhaps the largest country in the world at the time. How could this person not have known about Russia.

Let me put in a hypothesis.

The second world war was predominantly a war of the Germans vs the Russians.

From the start of the conflict, Italy had no real role to play – its military was minimal, and its leader still psychologically belonged to the old school of militarist thought. Japan, too, realistically speaking had little chance. They relied on a fast settlement with the US, and that Germany attain a sufficiently conclusive victory to make all other conflict meaningless.

On the allied side, France ceased to exist very quickly after the start of hostilities. Britain too fought mostly defensively. It is telling that Hitler chose always to divert forces from west to east, rather than vice versa. The United States, too, did not act in a damaging way to German until very late. Their logistical support to Russia was far more important.

So what do we make of the guy's ignorance? Decades of anti-soviet propaganda? Simple stupidity? Who knows.

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