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War Is Like Rust

dbyrne Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 4:46 PM
Without doubt: war causes more problems then ever solved... War brings peace only when the warriors are exhausted and out of resources...Every country has diplomats....Let each country fortify their diplomatic corps; and reduce their military to civilian militias or small self-defense forces...

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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