"300" Kicks Ass
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at March 10, 2007 11:28 AM
Posted by: Rusty at March 10, 2007 11:58 AM
For those who are Iraqi challenged, Mutanabi Street is the intellectual center of Iraq. It is where people of all associations were once safe to meet and talk. Books were sold there and people could sit down to read and discuss what they read without threat of violence or death for the most part. It was the eclectic heart of Baghdad (ec·lec·tic)
selecting or choosing from various sources.
made up of what is selected from different sources.
not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
noting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles, the style in each instance often being chosen for its fancied appropriateness to local tradition, local geography, the purpose to be served, or the cultural background of the client.
Where are the free thinkers now? Islam just delivered their Iraqi bretherne a major league blow and they shuffle their feet and stare at the ground.
They are all a bunch of spinelees pussies. BTW I am still sick with the flu so forgive my vehemence as the worse I feel the more it shows in my comments.
But they are still all pussies.
Posted by: SeeMonk at March 10, 2007 12:01 PM
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Posted by: Hucbald at March 10, 2007 12:39 PM
They lived for their state, reducing any notion of individuality. If you were born a male and allowed to survive after birth beyond the initial weaning of being fit for a warrior, after the age of 8 you were no longer in the immediate care of mom. You were trained, brutally, to become a warrior. Many did not survive this. Females lived primarily for one purpose, to breed strong males, and, strong female breeders. Their discipline and cohesiveness was remarkable considering there was no sense of freedom as we know.
What was interesting about their battle with the Persians is they were not unified taking the threat serious. Leonidas was their king but he was only allowed 300 of his men. They had 9,000. Imagine if they could have deployed. But even with the 300 and the few thousand Greeks who were brave but essentially a backup (on land, not sea), they may have stopped the Persian army if the Persians did not find the hidden route to attack from the flank. Historians suspect a Greek spy (traitor) may have revealed this.
The honor of these 300 and the 1000 Athenians who sacrificed themselves for the rest of the Greek army to redeploy in defensive positions, is indeed heroic. Definitly one of the greatest stands in the annals of military history. These were supreme fighters and men of honor for the survival of their homeland.
Posted by: Javapuke at March 10, 2007 12:43 PM
As for how the left/right view this movie, SURPRISE ! They both identify with the heroes. People project what they wish to see. Sooo. Which one is George Bush ??
If I see it, and I probably will not, I might imagine it to be an allegory for my on going battle against the Nigerian spammers: THEY JUST KEEP COMING FORWARD AT ME
Posted by: JOHN RYAN at March 10, 2007 02:45 PM
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at March 10, 2007 02:53 PM
Sparta should not be compared to modern day socially for the simple reason that life was different back then. Were it not for Sparta, most of the city states of the time and area would have fallen. It was the prospect of having to fight the Spartans that kept most armies at a distance. They were what they were. The reason only 300 were allowed to go was it was a holy period. They were lucky to get the 300 they did.
Posted by: SeeMonk at March 10, 2007 03:18 PM
very DNA of Westerners, but it is, today, all-too-often forgotten by
its people. I believe those principles are still buried in there
somewhere, somewhere deep in the hearts of the men and women of the
glorious post. You have redeemed yourself
By our standards, Sparta was a fascist state, though by the standards of Persia and East they were free because their supreme duty was to each other as Spartans, not to a slavemaster like Xerxes. Of course, I don't expect a Leftard to grasp that, no matter how "nuanced" they claim to be.
Regardless, it was thanks to the Spartans that Western civilization as we know it exists today. Had the Persians conquered Greece, democracy would have been smothered in the crib and we would all be moslem slaves. Because of that, Thermopylae was perhaps the most pivotal battle in all of Western history. The heroes of that battle deserve our eternal gratitude. May their memory never fade.
Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at March 10, 2007 03:51 PM
Of course you won't, for all the obvious reasons. One of them probably being that "unlike their mostly black and brown [Persian] foes, the Spartans and their fellow Greeks are white." LOL, Lefards. You really truly don't have the slightest inkling of how ridiculous you look to us, do you.
Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at March 10, 2007 04:02 PM
Here's hoping there's a sequel, Salamis.
Posted by: Vinnie at March 10, 2007 07:12 PM
Just a thought....
Those Greeks really had it going on back then, eh?
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