I had a great time at Bound last night, even though my feet are aching today. Blood rocked, Elise's Playground put on a hot show, Jesse had a very nice new toy to try out on me, and as always great music and friends. Brad requested Combichrist's "God Bless" for me, a song about serial killers. Very nice of him, which reminds me, I should see Zodiac sometime this weekend. So I had a great night, with lots of support from my friends after my last less than pleasant experience out in that area. Even though my ride got delayed for reasons I won't go into here, and I just barely caught the last train at the Gallery Place station.
My dad was telling me about the Peloppanesian (I know I spelled that wrong) War, fought in ancient Greece between the Athenians and the Spartans. Usually when my dad goes off about military history, I don't pay attention, but this was interesting. It illustrated the old saying "History repeats itself." The war between Athens and Sparta started because Athens, a democracy, felt that Sparta, an oligarchy, should become more like them. Sound familiar? Sparta won, with their male citizens groomed practically from birth to be perfect soldiers. Sparta didn't last as a civilization because of their archaic values, with intellect and diplomacy eventually trumping military might in Greece, but at that point, with Athens trying to defeat Sparta on the battlefield, the field all Spartans believed was their destined living and dying place, Sparta was victorious.
The point is, no matter how great any given powerful society thinks their political system is, another society might not agree. When going up against a society where the most zealous are willing to fly planes into buildings and blow themselves up in defense of their beliefs, we have to wonder how much impact a military strike could really have had.