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War Is Like Rust

E Robert Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 9:23 AM
THere's nothing here that doesn't conform to reasonable logic. Wonderfuly articulated. What we need now are those who can lead us into a correction of our problems.....But I don't see any. What worries me most is the position of the military - what is it? Does anyone know? How far can we protest before they are called?

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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