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War Is Like Rust

Gyst53 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 8:19 AM
Words of Wisdom from the ancient past... "What you cannot enforce do not command." — Sophocles - 497/6BC "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." Quote by: Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator Date: 63 BC”

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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