Don't worry, I will return to the interminable subject of Darwinism later today but in the meantime it is worth pausing today, the anniversary of the Pearl Harbour attack, not just to remember those who died but perhaps more importantly to consider the utter, futile madness of the Japanese regime of that time. It always reminds me of the similar military lunacy that ruled Kaiser Wilhelm in 1914 and Chancellor Adolf Hitler in 1939. In all these cases the totally bogus and insane pretensions of mighty militarism over-rode common sense and the natural fear of warfare that resides in most of us and allowed these madmen to goosestep their way to oblivion. With the advantage of the 20:20 vision of hindsight it is now obvious that a titchy little nation like Japan stood absolutely no chance against a potential behemoth like the USA. It is not just today's sad anniversary that prompts me to write this but also the tone of some of the Right-wing commentary on Trump's choice of a retired General as Secretary of Defence. I know nothing of the man, himself, but the fact that he glories in the nickname of 'Mad Mike' sets my alarum bells ringing! I have no complaint, in fact, just the opposite, if Trump strengthens his armed forces but I hope he will have the good sense to keep 'Mad Mike' on a short leash!