Swedish Air Force Museum. Flygvapen. Western outskirts of Linkoping. A flier-admirer's heaven. The best part of autonomous travel is going anywhere anytime, getting out anywhere anytime, and a fast morph from medieval history to modern. And finding that languages can be navigated. You can figure a lot of it out.
First, Linguistics. Just listen to flygvapen.
Hear it in your mind. Flygvapen. Now act it. Flap your arms and say it. Flygvapen. There you have it. Onomatopoeia. Words that sound their meaning. See ://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/onomatopoeia.html/ Languages are windows, and concerts for the ear.
This is a fine military museum, with 130 planes overhead and in huge hangars and set up outside; and a cultural museum, laying out the context in which they flew. Absorb times gone by -- exhibits like theater sets, staged scenes showing the periods when events here happened, artifacts, uniforms, documents, planes hung up there everywhere, climb up the mobile metal staircases and look right in. Wander, peer, imagine. Air defense. New. Need for defense. Old. Attack capability. Part of defense.
Then ask, is there any human-being difference between
a) these three little piggies (Winston, Franklin and Josef), their religious and other counterparts; and their influence over their times; and motivations; and political this and that, hyped-up citizens, persuaded that they are right, attacking each other and others, with invasions and atrocities; and
b) the three little piggies of medieval and reformation times -- popes, luthers, rulers, hyped-up citizens, persuaded that they are right, attacking each other and others, and secular and religious invasions and atrocities.
Need to double check the fused glass. This was a floor-level and below-floor exhibit.
The neutrality puzzle: how does neutrality work.
Is it neutral, why choose it if issues of atrocity to others seem so clear (what obligation do any of us have to others), and does neutrality "enable" ongoing abuse, see ://www.adl.org/braun/dim_14_1_neutrality_europe.aspor was it the best choice for the constituents of that country; nor no choice. International law provides for different kinds of neutrality. Neutral nations in WWII:
- The Vatican (its own entity) supposedly, it just stood by;
- Spain, emerging after its own civil war; and
- Switzerland as a conditional neutral in WWI, supposedly using economic sanctions (except for giving out keys to the gnomes' caves under Zurich); and an "integral" neutral, completely neutral supposedly, in WWII -- still more keys to the gnomes' caves, however, still being unearthed. See Co-Opting Nazi Germany at ://www.adl.org/braun/dim_14_1_neutrality_europe.asp/ That article articulates the self-interest concept. Self-interested neutrality. Scholarly snippet: read Phases in Swedish Neutrality, by Joachim Joesten from Foreign Affairs vol 23, at least the little bit that JSTOR will let you see for free at http://www.jstor.org/pss/20029898