I finished The Histories by Herodotus. I am glad I have read it.

Now ancient characters and events do not seem so remote. The time of Christ seems much closer. The Greco-Persian Wars? Not too far.

Human nature is immutable, predictable.

Killing ambassadors was a violation of common sense, of the natural  law and of the unwritten law of nations. In Book VII, 135, two young men offered themselves as an expiation for their people, the Greeks, having killed Xerxes’ heralds (ambassadors.) Events of 475 B.C. inform current events in Benghazi. Killing ambassadors is impermissible.

 

I also scanned my notes from a previous reading of The Road to Serfdom, and the conclusions of Kagan’s On the Causes of War and Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations.