Sunday, September 25, 2011

"To understand what is happening... is important to tune out what NATO politicians and generals are saying."

Hurtling down Afghanistan's road to perdition
By Matthew Green
Financial Times, 25 September, 2011

"This entirely civilized and not unreasonable assumption proved ill-founded when the Idirans - thinking to make it very clear to all concerned who were the fanatical, invincible ultra-warriors in the matter and who represented the hopelessly decadent, simpering, irredeemably civilian bunch of martial no-hopers merely playing at war - attempted to traumatize the Culture straight back out of their newly begun war by attacking and attempting to destroy every Orbital its war-fleets could reach."

Iain M. Banks
Surface Detail