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June 28, 2004

Underhand, unfair, and damned un-English

A Washington Post review of a new book on the history of submarines (via A&L Daily).

That a weapons system invented to facilitate a guerre de course -- or "commerce war," a form of maritime insurgency that slithered over into piracy -- would elicit condemnation from more tradition-minded warriors was foreseen by Leonardo da Vinci, who refused to actualize his design for a submersible for the benefit "of men who practice assassination at the bottom of the sea."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 28, 2004 08:32 AM

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