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  • Thicker Than Water? Kin Religion and Conflict in the Balkans

    10/09/2006 8:11:50 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 2 replies · 412+ views
    Parameters ^ | Winter 1998 | P. H. Liotta and Anna Simons
    Listen then, to what you do not know. The three rivers of the ancient world of the dead--the Acheron, the Phlegethon, and the Cocytus--today belong to the underworlds of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity; their flow divides the three hells--Gehenna, Hades, and the icy hell of the Mohammedans--beneath the one-time Khazar lands. And there, at the junction of these three borders, are confronted the three worlds of the dead: Satan's fiery state with the nine circles of the Christian Hades, with Lucifer's throne . . . the Moslem underworld . . . kingdom of icy torment; and Geburah's territory, to...
  • The Future of Army Professionalism: A Need for Renewal and Redefinition

    09/21/2005 6:27:48 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 8 replies · 666+ views
    Parameters ^ | August 2000 | DON M. SNIDER and GAYLE L. WATKINS
    The Army that won the battles of the Gulf War in 1991 was one of the most professional ever fielded by America. As General Schwarzkopf commented, "We could have traded equipment with the Iraqis and still won."[1] And when that Army returned home, it was welcomed by a supportive, even adoring, public. Now, almost one decade later, the situation has changed dramatically. During the past nine years, the US Army has undergone radical changes--major force and budget reductions, revised modernization programs, and successive base realignments and closures. All were intended by design to adapt the institution to the post-Cold War...
  • Rescuing the Law of War: A Way Forward in an Era of Global Terrorism

    07/04/2005 4:13:47 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 19 replies · 560+ views
    Parameters ^ | Summer 2005 | MICHAEL H. HOFFMAN
    Terrorists are gaining an astonishing legal edge over US and other armed forces deployed against them. The present trend promises to burden future generations, as well as our own, with an ad hoc, damaging legal framework sure to thwart counterterrorist operations and even furnish inducements for those tempted to join the terrorist ranks. The long-term import of recent trends can’t be overstated. The United States is surely—and not so slowly—bestowing legal status and privileges on members of terrorist organizations that have no precedent in the 3,500-year recorded history of warfare. Terrorists are acquiring legal recognition and support of a kind...
  • The Atlantic Century

    10/31/2003 5:37:15 AM PST · by Voice in your head · 1 replies · 103+ views
    Parameters ^ | Autumn 2003 | Ralph Peters
    Throughout the previous decade, strategists and statesmen asserted that we were about to enter the “Pacific Century.” Global power and wealth would shift to East Asia. American interests, power, and investments would follow. The Atlantic would become a dead sea strategically, its littoral states and their continents declining to marginal status. Economic opportunities, crucial alliances, and the gravest threats would rise in the east, as surely as the morning sun. An alternative view of the evidence suggests that the experts were wrong. Although the United States will remain engaged in the Far East—as well as in the Middle East, Europe,...