Why historians wait a while before writing about history…

In the interests of the historical record, I reproduce here an email I received exactly 4 years ago. It was the day that the Marines stage-managed the toppling of Saddam’s statue in Baghdad.:


From: <######@###.###>
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 6:04 PM
Subject: Re: Peace Movement


Hey allen,

Are you depressed now that the idiot peace movement has been shown to be such a sham? Depressed because we have won the Iraq war so easily.? Depressed because George Bush has been vindicated? You and your fellow travelers in the Biology department have been shown to be such idiots. I encourage you and mr. journet to keep speaking out. You are just helping the conservative cause every time you are shown to be so wrong.

I am laughing at you…


Enjoy the war (whats left of it)

[Name removed]*


US soldiers killed prior to May 1, 2003 “Mission Accomplished” photo op: 140.

Total US soldiers killed to date: 3282

News today: Mass protests against US in Najaf, “Surge” shifts violence out to the provinces.


*The email came from a local high school history teacher who has a grudge against me — I was on his thesis committee, read his thesis repeatedly and critiqued it in detail, and signed the approval form when he defended on his scheduled date. Who wouldn’t be pissed?



5 Responses to “Why historians wait a while before writing about history…”

  1. Travis says:

    Are you going to send it back to him?

    Also, how did he finish a thesis if he can’t capitalize and punctuate correctly?

  2. Allen says:

    I did a lot of editing. And yeah, I suppose I should send him the email back.

  3. kicking_k says:

    Oh dear.

    (By the way, I’m beginning to think that I too should stay out of conversations where I am not perfectly certain of my ground, such as any involving genetics in which you are also a party.)

  4. Allen says:

    This email wasn’t so much part of a conversation as just an unsolicited rant. I think he was filled with glee over our “victory” in Iraq and just couldn’t resist.

  5. binnielula says:

    which high school? What’s his name? (you can tell me; I live with you.)

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