History Lesson

This piece by Juan Cole ends on a perfect note: it’s one thing to make a disastrous mistake for the first time, but when the opportunity to predict the mistake’s consequences exists and one still undertakes the same disaster, then it goes beyond tragedy and into something worse.

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2 Responses to “History Lesson”

  1. Stumbled upon this tonight:

    A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

    Aristotle

    BTW, congrats!

    Posted by jason | August 25th, 2007 at 5:12 pm
  2. What’s that about history repeating itself….

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