Friday, October 2, 2009

Age of Empire

I am so happy we are finished with Abu-Lughod. During our class discussion we talked about the quote "Whatever happens, we have got the Maxim guns, and they have not." It's interesting because you still see this brute mentality in a lot of war and countries. Throughout history we have seen the A bomb as a literal weapon of mass destruction. In Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attacked the US ships and caused great tragedy for our naval bases and citizens, so in return we dropped the "Little boy" and "Fat man" on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was all a matter of we have the larger weapons so we will, in the end conquer all. Having the ultimate weapons proves to be a large terror in our world systems today; George Bush claimed "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq, and all though this obviously turned out to not be true and there was a hidden agenda, the news did in fact affect the world and the citizens who trusted Bush's word.
Another interesting point that was brought up in class was that even though a specific country may have the "larger" weapons, it doesn't mean that they will conquer because now with technology and such it means more than having bigger things to be more successful and powerful.

Abby Crouse

1 comment:

  1. Just read on MSNBC- Iran agreed to give Russia a large part of their uranium to Russia to be turned into fuel- reducing the risk of Iran being able to make a nuclear weapon quickly...the bigger the better mentality still seems to be a risk in our news today.