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War Is Like Rust

1960Republican Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 4:02 AM
I suppose it is hard to be a good historian and know what a good historian knows. So, I ask Dr. Hanson, in the 10,000 years of mankind, up to say, 1900 AD -- when it might be considered the USA became a world power -- how was the world working? How do you think it is going to work, from here on? I thought so. You see, nobody ever heads a historian's warnings. Nobody, Never. How long will the Ukraine remain free? I thought so. The Ukraine remains free about 60 years out of each 300. I use it as an obscure but normal example. Watch out for them Poles, again, or even the Turks. There's also that Putin fella.

War seems to come out of nowhere, like rust that suddenly pops up on iron after a storm.

Throughout history, we have seen that war can sometimes be avoided or postponed, or its effects mitigated -- usually through a balance of power, alliances and deterrence rather than supranational collective agencies. But it never seems to go away entirely.

Just as otherwise lawful suburbanites might slug it out over silly driveway boundaries, or trivial road rage can escalate into shooting violence, so nations and factions can whip themselves up to go to war -- consider 1861, 1914 or 1939. Often, the pretexts...

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