I found the following extraordinary:
Clausewitz in Wonderland, by Tony Corn
“Amateurs talk about strategy, professionals talk about logistics.” In the five years since the 9/11 events, the old military adage has undergone a “transformation” of its own: Amateurs, to be sure, continue to talk about strategy, but real professionals increasingly talk about — anthropology.
And the Open Letter to the Pope, by a group of eminent Islamic scholars
… we thought it appropriate, in the spirit of open exchange, to address your use of a debate between the Emperor Manuel II Paleologus and a “learned Persian” as the starting point for a discourse on the relationship between reason and faith. While we applaud your efforts to oppose the dominance of positivism and materialism in human life, we must point out some errors in the way you mentioned Islam as a counterpoint to the proper use of reason, as well as some mistakes in the assertions you put forward in support of your argument.
Honorable mention. I wore a smile that lasted for a long time after I read God’s retort to Richard Dawkins. Nothing extraordinary, just workmanlike stuff (like Galilean carpentry, I suppose), and for that reason effective.
Happy New Year, everyone.