Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 47857
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2007/8/31-9/3 [Politics/Foreign/Europe] UID:47857 Activity:moderate
8/31    Why'd you trash my HUMAN WEAPON thread but you kept the
        one about the chick in Unit I with 32DDD tits?
        \_ They do not get that pig wihtout significant
        \_ They do not get that big without significant
           pork action.
        \_ French martial arts look hilarious.  "When you are hit
           in leg, do not look at your leg.  You are not hurting
           in your leg, only your heart."
           \_ This is reflected in their "French military victory" records. :-)
              \_ Ignoring the Maginot Line, the french actually have an
              \_ Ignoring the Maginot Line, the French actually have an
                 incredible history of military victories.  They lost
                 so badly and quickly in WW2 because all of their fighting
                 men died horrible deaths in Verdun.
                 Anyway Americans who go on and on about French 'surrender
                 monkeys' piss me off, there would be no America without
                 French military support in the late 1700s.  The French
                 spent so much money on America that the French people got
                 pissed and executed their monarchy.
                 \_ I know how to settle this debate:  Let's just invade
                    France!!  They got weapon of mass destructions, and they
                    host terrorist... perfect.  what are better way to  find
                    out how good they fight by FIGHTING them?
                 \_ 1700s: true.  WW2 lost due to WW1: false.  The Germans
                    lost a huge number of men in WW1 also, so apples to apples
                    the French got their asses handed to them in WW2 because
                    their generals were *stupid* and still trying to fight
                    WW1 with their static fortress which didn't even cover
                    their entire border to the coast leading to the well
                    known end-run around it straight to Paris.  And btw, the
                    French in WW1 were so stupid, they had a revolt on the
                    line which only ended when a number of revolt leaders
                    stepped up to be executed for the revolt in exchange for
                    the generals promising to stop being such jackasses.
                  \- you may wish to read:
                     [the first book pretty much grew out of a UCB PhD
                     Also Twenty Years Crisis/EH Carr is very good but on
                     a slightly different matter. These are all standard.
                     \_ I don't see how either of these books refutes what
                        I had to say about France.  Or are you just suggesting
                        further reading I might find interesting?  In that
                        case the second link does look interesting, the first
                        much less so.  Thanks for the links.
                        \- i'm not agreeing or disagreeing with you.
                           but poltical scientists talk about ww1, ww2,
                           the cold war etc in different terms than historians
                           and these are two "standard works" in this area.
                           the carr book is just a good read, as is "man
                           the state and war" [which also touches on ww1 as
                           test case for a certain theory, but that is really
                           a theory of IR book, not a book about 20th cent
                           events, but is a major classic. on a trivia note:
                           the author of MSW is an important emeritus ucb
                           prof. the author of link #1 did his phd under him.
                           after he retired from ucb, the author of #2 link
                           invited him to teach an columbia]. BTW, if you are
                           deeply interested in the French military history
                           of the early 20th cent, you might also look at this:
                           Beth Kier is also not unattractive, although her
                           book is not of the stature of the ones above (i
                           havent read all of this one. it's a little more
                           Beth Kier I believe did her phd under the link #2
                           author and is not unattractive, although this book
                           is not of the stature of the ones above (i havent
                           read all of this one. it's a little more airy-fairy)
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