OFF-TOPIC Ben's sig monster quote [was Re: Parametrized Unit Tests]

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Fri Aug 28 08:26:35 CEST 2015

Completely off-topic. Stop reading now if you only want to read things about

On Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:46 am, Ben Finney wrote:

> \        “Of course, everybody says they're for peace. Hitler was for |
> `\      peace. Everybody is for peace. The question is: what kind of |
> _o__)                                peace?” —Noam Chomsky, 1984-05-14 |

With the greatest of respect to Chomsky, I think he is simply wrong about
Hitler. Hitler actually believed that war was good for the national
character, and indeed good for the soul, and that long periods of peace
would enfeeble a nation and make it decadent and effete. Unlike a lot of
people who believe the same thing, Hitler actually had experience in war,
including a medal for bravery and a serious injury due to poison gas.

Many people over the ages have thought that if only war was more terrible,
we would stop making it. Alas, that appears to be false: no matter how
terrible war is, there is always someone who thinks that it is better than


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