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Thread #70107   Message #1194926
Posted By: Rapparee
27-May-04 - 09:25 AM
Thread Name: BS: Falsehoods About Arabs Used by DoD
Subject: RE: BS: Falsehoods About Arabs Used by DoD
All it shows me is intellectual laziness and an unwillingness to consider other points of view.

Someone way back when probably had the book used in college and, because the Prof was adamant that this was, at the time, the best book available, the student touted it the same way to his or her students. Even though time and scholarship had marched on, the book was now entrenched and humans being what they are no attempt was made to use newer, and more intellectually challenging, information.

Witness, for example, the following:

*Failure to recognize that modern arms and thinking demanded changed tactics led directly to slaughter in the US Civil War, in WW1, in the Boer War, and in the US involvement in Vietnam.

*It can be argued that failure to realize that protest was not viewed as a game by the Establishment led to the killings at Kent State and the collapse of the protest movement of the late '60s.

*Failure to accept other points of view has led to any number of horrendous things, not the least of which is the polarization of society.

This intellectual sloth is not the exclusive property of either the military or the pacifist, of the Right or the Left. It's easier by far to travel in a rut than to accept an alternative road.

By the way -- this is one reason why libraries weed their collections.
Old, outdated materials can be dangerous.