NetWar: Thoughtful reading while in bed, with a terrible cold

Contents Letter From Paris

Contents Letter From Paris

Sunday, September 26, 2004


Thoughtful reading while in bed, with a terrible cold

Sometimes the cowardice of the emperors, often the weakness of the empire, made that they sought to appease with money the people which threatened to invade.  But peace cannot be bought, because the one who sells it is in the position to force us to buy it again.

It is better to take the risk of an unhappy war than to give money to have peace;  because a prince is always respected when it is known that he will not be defeated without a long resistance.
Montesquieu, Rise and fall of the Romans

Quelquefois la lâcheté des empereurs, souvent la faiblesse de l’empire, firent que l’on chercha à apaiser par de l’argent les peuples qui menaçaient d’envahir. Mais la paix ne peut pas s’acheter, parce que celui qui l’a vendue n’en est que plus en état de la faire acheter encore.

Il vaut mieux courir le risque d’une guerre malheureuse que de donner de l’argent pour avoir la paix ; car on respecte toujours un prince lorsqu’on sait qu’on ne le vaincra qu’après une longue résistance.
Montesquieu, Grandeur et décadence des romains.

A veces la cobardía de los emperadores, a menudo la debilidad del imperio, hacían que se intentaba apaciguar con dinero a los pueblos que amenazaban con invadir. Pero la paz no puede comprarse, porque el que la vende queda en posición de obligarnos a volver a comprársela.

Vale más correr el riesgo de una guerra desgraciada que dar dinero para tener paz; pues se respeta siempre al príncipe que se sabe no se puede ser vencido sin una larga resistencia.

Montesquieu, Grandeza y decadencia de los romanos

UPDATE ----------------->
Barcepundit has an interesting post that is worth reading after this citation...

UPDATE ----------------->
myth·o·ma·ni·a: A compulsion to embroider the truth, engage in exaggeration, or tell lies.
Don't miss Barcepundit's last post about the self-styled Spanish minister of Foreign Affairs who said on Friday he had demanded an explanation from the White House over President George W. Bush's comment that the withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq had emboldened terrorists. A good laugh will cheer you out of your cold.

Winds of Change

An example: this analysis of the March 11th attacks in Madrid, written 5 days later! Imposing.

Inspiring, passionate and decent

Iraq, the Model
A very goodview of what is going on in Iraq by Mohammad and Omar, two brothers... Check it out if you're fed up with the EuroPress

The Patriot Debates
Many provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act will expire at the end of 2005. This forum is devoted to civil and informed debate about these provisions and whether they should be renewed.

A serious visit to jihadist ideology

Michelle Malkin
Her column appears in nearly 200 US papers nationwide. Pretty conservative AND very articulate. I like her.

From Barcelona. I like it! And, by the way, it's getting better every day.

Across the Bay
Very good blog by Tony, an expert in in Ancient Near Eastern Studies with focus on Semitic Linguistics, Ancient Levantine history, religion....

Allah Pundit
It's quite consevative, but really funny!

Bjørn Stærk's blog
In the NetWar since 2001, this norwegian wonderkid is just worth reading.

Norman Geras's blog
I mean, READ HIM. He's bright, insightful and knows a lot about Marxism and la condition humaine... Yeeees! (thanks Stygius).

Dan Darling
Excellent Open Source analysis of al Qaeda!

Bilingual (FR&EN) and passionate!

The Politburo Diktat
Forthrightly, frankly, fully funny, comrades. Neo-Komintern Urgh.

Insults for use by the ideologically informed
Nice page of Real Socialist Nostalgia. Check it out, comrade!

Letters From New York City
Michele tells it from the place where the world changed three years ago.

Alphabet City by Robert Stevens
Very well informed "from the perimeter of Manhattan ;-)" Impresive collection of links.

Colt's Eurabia
If you want to know and follow politically incorrect debate, red it!
His motto is:"...the only secure basis for oligarchy is collectivism." George Orwell

Monitoring Media Coverage of the War On Terror

Political Correctness Watch
John Ray, a former university teacher gone blogger monitors political correctness around the globe. When you needthat cheering information that somewhere else it's even worse than in your home town...


Free Lance Corner
Emilio Alonso, madrileño sin pelos en la pluma, liberal y extremadamente sensato.

Guerra Eterna en Oriente Medio
Reportero español polí­ticamente correcto, buena gente y suavemente partisano

Español residente en Parí­s, liberal, vasco, polí­ticamente incorrecto, reflexiona sobre la situación en Euskadi (Paí­s Vasco)

Carmelo Jordá
Otro español, buen analista y políticamente incorrecto. Pertenece a la nueva ola de jovenes liberales (en el sentido europeo) que empiezan a poner en cuestión todo en Europa

Una Temporada en el Infierno
Interesante blog de Juan Pedro Quiñonero, escritor y periodista español que merece dos lecturas.

Location: Paris, France

I have been a journalist since I was 22. For a (long) while I worked as a reporter for the Swedish, Spanish (I was born in Spain) and American media, covering international affairs... After 1991 I recycled myself to the business press.

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