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War Is Like Rust

Beircheart2 Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM
Let’s face it: America hasn’t been in a real war since the end of WW2. I absolutely don’t mean that to denigrate our wonderful men and women in the armed forces or the service they have done for this country but rather to lambast the gutless, opportunistic lawmakers that view military action as a political tool. It is so very sad that, if a true war came along, and arguably we are pretty darn close, our current POTUS would be more Neville Chamberlain than Winston Churchill.

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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