Militarism & Nationalism

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The visceral American reaction to this is to laugh, because it looks so tacky, vulgar, kitschy, etc, and possibly even just made-up to satisfy the late President Al-Assad’s ego. Even if this is true, they might be forgetting that awful, awful painting of Washington crossing the Delaware River.
Every country needs national myths and symbols for its people to rally around. The artist of this mural (it’s a gigantic one too) probably genuinely felt the emotions this piece was supposed to evoke—the way Leutze genuinely admired Washington and America in his painting.
Syria is in turmoil right now, and the likely outcome is that they’re going to reject and erase this particular national myth. But they’re probably going to replace it with something else, something captured or constructed from our present time. You’d have to be an arrogant sneering dick with no sense of self-reflection to laugh at it.

The visceral American reaction to this is to laugh, because it looks so tacky, vulgar, kitschy, etc, and possibly even just made-up to satisfy the late President Al-Assad’s ego. Even if this is true, they might be forgetting that awful, awful painting of Washington crossing the Delaware River.

Every country needs national myths and symbols for its people to rally around. The artist of this mural (it’s a gigantic one too) probably genuinely felt the emotions this piece was supposed to evoke—the way Leutze genuinely admired Washington and America in his painting.

Syria is in turmoil right now, and the likely outcome is that they’re going to reject and erase this particular national myth. But they’re probably going to replace it with something else, something captured or constructed from our present time. You’d have to be an arrogant sneering dick with no sense of self-reflection to laugh at it.

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Cutest lil’ artillery. The M3 37mm Anti-Tank Gun. Obsolete in the European theater as soon as it entered, but tremendously useful in the Pacific. Since there weren’t many enemy tanks, the Americans usually employed it like a field cannon during the Napoleonic Wars. One of its more common tasks was to stop Japanese bayonet charges with canister rounds. Not as cute

Cutest lil’ artillery. The M3 37mm Anti-Tank Gun. Obsolete in the European theater as soon as it entered, but tremendously useful in the Pacific. Since there weren’t many enemy tanks, the Americans usually employed it like a field cannon during the Napoleonic Wars. One of its more common tasks was to stop Japanese bayonet charges with canister rounds. Not as cute

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These past few posts today were all postcards made from colorized photos during the early part of WW1. Yes, these 19th century-looking guys were really from the same war that introduced bombers, poison gas, and tanks (and put to use machine guns and rapid fire artillery on a never-before seen scale)
This one in particular is my favorite. It, and the flying battery of German horse artillery a few posts down, show how especially fucking absurd WW1 was at first—they already had the tools to conduct the following 4 years of industrialized mass slaughter, but they still looked like something out of the Napoleonic wars. Gallant and fancy. Kinda reminds me of steampunk.
I fucking loathe steampunk, by the way.

These past few posts today were all postcards made from colorized photos during the early part of WW1. Yes, these 19th century-looking guys were really from the same war that introduced bombers, poison gas, and tanks (and put to use machine guns and rapid fire artillery on a never-before seen scale)

This one in particular is my favorite. It, and the flying battery of German horse artillery a few posts down, show how especially fucking absurd WW1 was at first—they already had the tools to conduct the following 4 years of industrialized mass slaughter, but they still looked like something out of the Napoleonic wars. Gallant and fancy. Kinda reminds me of steampunk.

I fucking loathe steampunk, by the way.

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