Re: the video

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Posted by Gandhi from ( on Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 12:58PM :

In Reply to: the video posted by Julia from ( on Friday, April 12, 2002 at 5:47PM :

: the video works!! it wasn't very clear on my
: computer (it was blurred) but otherwise it's
: ok. good job jeff. fred...good job too. i
: think it's interesting that ross said it's
: "evils of nationalism" that divide people like
: us when we otherwise have a common interest, and you
: are positing a new kind of nationalism
: to ameliorate the very divisions made by the
: different religious and cultural groups among
: semites like chaldeans, assyrians, etc. in
: essence i think you have more points of
: agreement than contention in that both
: you and ross are sensitive to the politicization
: of history, and both of you want a neutral con
: ception of history without judging the past by
: today's standards. Both of you guys agreed that
: an empire is an empire, and it does the kind of
: things it does (capture people, etc).

: The only problem with fred's argument is that
: he split his views on Ancient assyria on three
: levels: 1) assyrians were no different from
: their contemporaries 2) assyrians were in some
: respects more civilized and more humane to their
: captured (implying that other nations didn't
: do the same) and 3) the assyrian empire was like
: any other, including the US or german, that
: commits atrocities and deports people.

: So...fred, my only question is which of the
: three (if i conceptualized them right) is what
: you agree with - because it wasn't clear in
: the video, to me at least.


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