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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Veterum Sapientia



I came across a very interesting article, during some leisurely Christmastime reading. (Hat Tip: Ignatius Insight) The article seeks to understand our current war with Islamo-Fascist types, through the lens of an historical example from the Peloponnesian War.

Thucydides recounts the famous Athenian sack of Melos in his Peloponnesian War. Yet, prior to the actual slaughter of the men and enslaving of the women and children, there took place the famous Melian Dialogue. This account from one of the West's greatest historians, is a tour de force in political statecraft and appeal to virtue. In his article, Dr. Jose Yulo expounds upon the Melian Dialogue and analogizes, in an interesting way, to our current conflict with the Islamo-Fascist types. I found it to be refreshing and interesting. Give it a look.

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