Ayatollah Ghilmeini: History is never a mystery

Must-read. Cannot be done justice by selective quoting.

Allow me to quote the fictional space admiral Ivan Antonov:

“… There is a mistaken proverb which tells us that those who are ignorant of the past are condemned to repeat it. In fact, they’re lucky if they’re allowed to repeat it. More probably, they’re condemned to something even worse than the past. This is doubly true of those who believe that their ignorance some how makes them morally superior to those who don’t share it.” — David Weber and Steve White, “In Death Ground” (Baen, 1997)