“I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes. The moral effect should be so good that the loss of life should be reduced to a minimum. It is not necessary to use only the most deadly gasses: gasses can be used which cause great inconvenience and would spread a lively terror and yet would leave no serious permanent effects on most of those affected.”
Winston Churchill, proposing the use of chemical weapons in Iraq in 1920
Children are the future. So it’s essential they watch cartoons that are fun and patriotic! Thank to Bob the Train for this teaching moment.
Good part @ 2:30: “Here comes the Bomber. Watch out Kids!”
The photographer Alexander Gardner recorded the unromantic aftermath of the bloodiest day in American history. In September 1862, he came to the Battle of Antietam after some 4,000 soldiers were killed in a 12-hour period. He may well have been the first photographer to document the battlefield dead.
An article in Slate which tells the story displays a curious title: “The Battlefield Photos That Changed Everything.” Realistic photographs of war have made an impact, but have they really changed “everything” — or indeed, anything?
“What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has nothing but eyes if he is a painter, or ears if he is a musician, or a lyre at every level of his heart if he is a poet, or nothing but muscles if he is a boxer? Quite the contrary, he is at the same time a political being, constantly aware of what goes on in the world, whether it be harrowing, bitter, or sweet, and he cannot help being shaped by it. How would it be possible not to take an interest in other people, and to withdraw into an ivory tower from participation in their existence? No, painting is not interior decoration. It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy.”
Pablo Picasso, 1945
A stealth bomber tries to fly, fails, crashes, burns. And 1.5 billion dollars — poof — vanish. Don’t worry, we’re pretty sure there’s more where that came from.
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From our gallery of ongoing YouTube INFILTRATIONS. Korean pop star Psy allows us a visual backdrop to consider depleted uranium & Iraqi children.