I am constantly amazed by the misuses of English by otherwise educated people and with this misuse also factual nonsense. For example, it takes taxes to fund governments — without taxes governments dwindle away.
I had the good fortune to pick up along the way at least in part 5 languages that are essential to understanding English — Latin and French in high school, German and Greek while studying several years in Britain. And finally a smattering of Spanish tutored for 3 semesters so that I could at least pronounce my students’ names properly.
Imagine our soldiers stumbling around the Middle East with only candy bars with which to communicate with the kids. No wonder we are being blown away and ourselves are killing innocent people.
There is no such things as a language in isolation — check out the English variations in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
One would be lost trying to manage all the variations in Chinese dialects. The Swiss are fortunate to have 3 national languages which connect them with other nations — and free them from wars with same?
Farsi is the language of Iran — not Arabic.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent [blind copies]