Friday, January 23, 2004

Relics

Bid to find Persian Armada

If there's a lesson in history, it's to NOT send an armada to invade a country. Spain found out the hard way, as did the Chinese. So too did the Persians.

It's too bad. Darius let his ego get in the way, for the Greeks weren't worth the effort. After all, Greece at that time, at least compared to the splendours of Ctesiphon, was a cultural rectum. Darius should have gone East and concentrated his efforts there, using his first best weapon -- the Persian Army. The Achamaenids were genius but should have known better than to attempt the invasion of a sea power using the sea (don't play to the enemy's strengths), much less doing it to gain at best an unprofitable colony of cultural inferiors.

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