Today’s “Fun With Thucydides”

I share a passage that caused a good chuckle, waking major dad up in the process (?):

“…Arriving there first themselves [the Spartans], they prepared hauling machines to carry their ships across from Corinth to the sea on the side of Athens, in order to make their attack by land and sea at once. However, the zeal which they displayed was not imitated by the rest of the allies, who came in but slowly, being both engaged in harvesting their grain, and SICK OF MAKING EXPEDITIONS*…”

*my emphasis

Some things don’t change, n’est pas? When you’re over it, you’re OVER IT. And this was only Year 4 – the wars went on for 27 years. ?


That kinda sounds familiar, too…but not really funny.

3 Responses to “Today’s “Fun With Thucydides””

  1. aelfheld says:

    It seems the U.S. has gotten into the mindset that all wars are done after 4 years.

    One of the stupider things GWB did was to downplay the long-term commitment needed in the fight.

  2. tree hugging sister says:

    Also, he never quite articulated specifically what the fight WAS. Which made it easy to expand, and drag out, in the name of vanquishing evil doers. At ANY cost to ourselves, regardless of the degree of evil.

  3. aelfheld says:

    W did have a problem with articulation.

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