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Saturday, November 20, 2004
  The 'wikki' of the history of American interventions?

Denny from Where We're Bound has come up with this idea: Having readers contribute to a history of US interventions abroad over at in our name.

I think it's a great idea, really. Most Americans were never taught US history in any real fashion; just the glossed over crap presented in our high school text books. These text books do nothing but promote national myths with no basis in reality, and can in fact be dangerous. One of my favorite lines on the subject of US myths concerns the 'American Revolution', and came via an old high school buddy (not sure where he got it) who pointed out that saying, "We (the US) beat the British with France's help", is like a three year old saying, "Me and daddy killed a bear". If you caught the Benjamin Franklin bio on PBS, you saw a far more accurate representation of the importance of France vs colonial military might; in fact, France's involvement bankrupted them, and led to their revolution.

Well, I have a whole sheaf of history on Afghanistan, though it is not written specifically from the point of a US intervention as it was more of an attempt to collect and present the history and current desires/goals of the various factions and countries and industries involved in the conflict. I may submit it as a starting point for developing a section on Afghanistan.

If you have an an expertise, or are willing to put in the effort to develop the expertise, this might turn into a fun and valuable project - time will tell. 
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