For a man who last walked the Earth almost 2,500 years ago, 2017 has been a great year for Thucydides. The old Greek historian is having quite a renaissance. Of course, he's always been there, but the Whitehouse is interested in himm, so everyone else is as well, especially with regard to the often mentioned, "Thucydides’s Trap."
Even before the announcement that he’d been diagnosed with brain cancer, Sen. John McCain was facing special venom from his enemies — including some Republicans, notes Elliot Kaufman at National Review. Dianna Orrock, a GOP national committeewoman from Nevada, replied “Amen” to a tweet calling on the Arizona senator to “die already.”
The Times of London report that Mata Hari, the notorious World War One double agent, owed her downfall to MI5 rather than to the French secret service comes at a time when the British domestic security service could do with some good news, even if it is one hundred years old. Still reeling from the shock of three terrorist attacks in two months in London and Manchester this year—two of them perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists who were known to the organization—perhaps MI5 can learn something from the superb professionalism of their forebears in 1916.