June 6, 2013
Re "Hero of the Lost Cause," Opinion, June 2 The sanitizing of the Confederate cause described by Craig Fehrman is as nonsensical and offensive as the more recent efforts to rehabilitate the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II as a case of genuine military necessity. In addition to Fehrman's examples of faulty recall, moreover, these nostalgic Confederate buffs consistently ignore the fulsome defenses of slavery clearly articulated in the Southern states' formal declarations of secession.
March 9, 2012 |
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, recently depicted the conflict in Syria as "civil war. " Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton added that there was "every possibility" of civil war breaking out in Syria. Both of these portrayals of the conflict were meant to ratchet up pressure on the international community to prevent further violence. But in fact, describing a conflict as a civil war achieves exactly the opposite effect. It is not a call to arms; it is a call to inaction.
September 21, 2010 |
Civil war! That was the talk on the Sunday shows and blogosphere last week. The conservative "establishment" had backed Mike Castle in the Delaware primary over the "tea party" favorite, Christine O'Donnell. O'Donnell won, but only after being wounded by the likes of Karl Rove, Charles Krauthammer and the folks at the Weekly Standard and my own stomping ground, National Review. The argument got heated. O'Donnell's most ardent supporters imbued opposition to her with deep ideological significance despite the fact that most of Castle's nominal supporters were far to Castle's right and more ideologically simpatico with O'Donnell.
April 10, 2011 |
Ken Burns, whose landmark documentary on the Civil War established him as one of its quintessential authorities, thinks there's no better way to get a sense of the Civil War than to visit its battlefields, museums and national parks. "When we go to Civil War sites, we're making ourselves available to the ghosts and echoes of … the past," Burns said. "That's what we look for when we stand on Seminary Ridge or Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg [Pa.] and think about the two great armies that collided there on July 1, 2 and 3 of 1863.
June 7, 2013 |
There's been a skirmish or two in the comments on my recent Op-Ed article on the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library in Biloxi, Miss . One commenter -- "Oceaneagle" -- pointed out that some thousands of blacks did serve in the Confederate army. Is that enough to undermine my claim that an emphasis on black Rebels is “nonsense”? I'd like to start my answer by saying a bit more about Richard Forte, the Davis library's chairman of the board and my tour guide during my visit.
July 18, 2013 |
Scuba divers interested in immersing themselves in history as well as the deep blue sea will want to head to Bermuda this fall for an unusual adventure. As part of the four-day excursion Oct. 24-28, divers can search for a missing Civil War gunrunner, the Roanoke , which was abandoned and burned in 1864 off the coastal island town of St. George's. Besides two Roanoke dives, participants will also explore the wrecks of Confederate gunrunners, the Mary-Celestia and the Montana/Nola.