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  Posts on Aug 22, 2014
James Foley; Why Do Journalists Put Themselves in Danger? (Mike Bonnie, USA, 08/22/14 11:07 am) JE asked on 22 August, referring to James Foley: "What is the stuff that motivates these daredevils?" The answer perhaps can be explained in Dr. Frank Farley's development of the ... more

James Foley (John Heelan, UK, 08/22/14 5:10 am) The tragic Foley execution raises the following points in my mind: Firstly, an overwhelming sense of national shame that the executioner appears to be British. Secondly, the power of modern v ... more

James Foley; No Sarcasm Intended (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 08/22/14 4:16 am) In response to Francisco Ramírez (22 August), I certainly meant no sarcasm at all. I just wanted to show my mourning for James Foley--a great, proud, and heroic man. JE commen ... more

on Superior Race and Religion (Massoud Malek, USA, 08/22/14 3:42 am) Barbara in Sanskrit means not an Aryan or a low fellow. Greeks believed that whoever is not Greek is a barbarian. Plato rejected the Greek-barbarian dichotomy as a logical absurdity. I ... more

James Foley (Francisco Ramirez, USA, 08/22/14 3:21 am) The man just got beheaded. Is it necessary for Eugenio Battaglia to sarcastically refer to James Foley as the "great, heroic, proud American reporter..."? JE comments:  I read no ... more

  Posts on Aug 21, 2014
Four More to Go: WAIS Appeal and Honor Roll (John Eipper, USA, 08/21/14 2:45 pm) On 8/8, I humbly asked for 8 new colleagues to contribute to the WAIS Care and Feeding fund by 8/28, which as coincidence would have it, is my eighth anniversary as WAIS editor. I'm proud to anno ... more

Link for *The Man from Earth* (Massoud Malek, USA, 08/21/14 1:34 pm) Here is a link for The Man from Earth: Roman Zhovtulya is right; it is a v ... more

ISIS and the Map of the New Caliphate (Harry Papasotiriou, Greece, 08/21/14 9:55 am) Obviously, ISIS lays claims to all lands that were ever ruled by Muslim rulers. They seek the full restoration of the "House of Islam." It is as if a Greek wished to resurrect Alexand ... more

ISIS and the Map of the New Caliphate (Jordi Molins, Spain, 08/21/14 9:47 am) In response to Enrique Torner (21 August), there have been several maps in relation to ISIS territorial targets. Surprisingly, the Balearic Islands are not physically in any of those maps (sugg ... more

ISIS and the Spanish Threat; Thoughts on Sources (Enrique Torner, USA, 08/21/14 7:56 am) John Heelan's advice of 19 August is sound. The problem is that the news of ISIS atrocities is actually in many websites from all over the world. I guess I should have picked a better one. The rea ... more

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Founded in 1965 at Stanford University by Prof. Ronald Hilton (1911-2007), WAIS is a political, economic, and religious discussion forum moderated by John Eipper, Adrian College. Contributing members include historians, journalists, military professionals, scientists, and business leaders from around the world.