Just commented on that thread. It's a bit shocking as to how far Rafiq's regressed. Before he was merely ignorant - which we all are when starting out - but now he's disappeared into his own little world. It's what happens, perhaps, when there's no a redstar or Led Zeppelin around to shred his bluster. Bit sad but I'm trying to see the funny side.
(Quality necro though.)
And I do miss our debates actually. I feel my reading's gotten a bit narrow since we stopped sparring: I've gone deep(er) into Soviet history without having the excuse to step back into the broader picture. Let me know if there's other places on the internet where you argue with people.
Just popping in to see how things have/haven't changed. That I'm still around is because Rafiq has gone hilariously mad. But fair play to yourself for sticking around this long though - can't imagine there's much interesting debate going?
And I've mellowed slightly on Finkel & Leibovitz. I still maintain that the broad outline (of pro-German/anti-Soviet sentiment in the British establishment) is useful but, on reflection, the specifics of their proposed 'deal' with Hitler is unsupported by the evidence presented. But I don't think my position on appeasement has changed that much.
"I was called a 'vile intellectual hack' by a Stalinist fool who took exception to having his inane ramblings about the Second World War dismantled - a feeling doubtless that you are familiar with."
If your going invent a fictitious story regarding the origin of your pretentious user title you can at least try and concoct something with at least a semblance of plausibility.
Once again you've fallen on your sword, attempting to self-promote yourself as being really clever yet exposing yourself as a bit of a boob.(making a complete and utter embarrassment of yourself in the process.)
oh ya, I mean I thought back in the day we used to basically take the same position kind of like now in rafiq's fantasy thread
i can't keep everyone's positions straight but did you and I used to end up in those types of planetary crusade threads often?
"your earlier humiliation?"
I love this incessant contrived condescension of yours.
Just for your information, I don't think you are any kind of intellect. Not in the slightest, contrary to attempts to portray yourself as such.
Your just a pretentious charlatan.
If anyone is a fool it's you.
Pretentiously self-describing yourself as "intellectual" and claiming you "dismantled"(you really shouldn't flatter yourself) someone's arguments when in reality you just made an utter embarrassed of yourself by praising the foreign policy of the British government in the 1930s in the most cringeworthy and fawning terms imaginable.
You sort of let the cat out bag here. The use of the term "Stalinist" as a perjorative proves that your motivations in vilifying Soviet foreign policy are petty sectarianism rather anything resembling a sober analysis of the concrete situation.
Lastly, lose the contrived attempts at condescension as I really really don't think your intelligent.
Not in the slightest.
Calling you an apologist for British imperialism isn't meant as an insult but an observation.
Also, anyone who self-proclaims themselves to be an intellectual is a bit on the pretentious side.
Nice to see you are still posting on here. Very few old school folk like us around. Even if we disagree on things...
So I think your super smart and I'm not trying to be snarky so please don't get mad at me or be mean in the thread. I genuinely just want to have this convo. TY. I only say this cuz lots of people here think it's ok to be mean to me because I my writing style and lack of education.
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