What the world looks like from above

. . . . . . . Russia, under Vlad Putin, lowers its steel gauntlet’s fist down upon the map of Ukraine. The West bellows as if stung by a dragon’s tail. In the East, the real dragon — Xi — curls its tail around the renegade island-province of Taiwan. The mechanized conveyor belts are […]

A vicious legacy of militarism

. . . . . . . Sneaking in the jungle, the American elite soldier prepares for all environments. . . . . . . . Who is this jungle critter? He is the Special Forces tip of the American military spear. The Pentagon spends lavishly on his kind — but then again, the Pentagon […]

Doin’ the hyperpower dance

. . . . . . . *unpleasant grin, rubbing hands* . . . . . . . When Osama bin Laden was shot dead by Special Forces, the war on terrorism had already been raging for years. Iraq and Afghanistan, muslim to the core, had toppled, their heads sliced off. The previous Bush administration […]

Pick your allies wisely

. . . . . . . Are you in the jungles or between 2 sand-blown mountain walls in a pass 2,150 meters up? . . . . . . . Afghanistan is a perpetual shitshow. It just never gets better. Let’s retreat to California, have some Chardonnay wine, and eat raw purple grapes by […]

The risk of nuclear war

“In nuclear war all men are cremated equal.” — Dexter Gordon . . . . . . . It is true that nuclear war is the greatest danger to the world. But there is reason to take a deep breath and relax a bit. This entry of the Cradle takes the counter-intuitive viewpoint that nuclear […]

Fantasy novels and fantasy worlds

“I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.” — Luis Barragan . . . . . . . A world war in a fantasy world would be a funny thing. The catapults would hurl fireballs, the front line soldiers would be skeletons in leather armor, and the prize […]

War — the meaning, the message, the show

“As predicted, Iraqi power and communications systems were destroyed by stealth fighter jets and cruise missiles. Every media company based in Baghdad—except CNN—lost power and transmission capabilities. Only CNN broadcast live to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. All channels turned to us for exclusive coverage; there was no place else.” — Tom Johnson, Atlanta […]

Winning for the nazis during world war II

“Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.” — George Bernard Shaw . . . . . . . The Nazis see two scenarios for victory during WW2. The first scenario involves Dunkirk, the second scenario — longer and more costly […]