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War Is Like Rust

para_dimz Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 8:25 PM
Since WWII our motto to aggressors has been "change and prosper". We dangled dollars and pie in the sky visions of sugarplum Democracy. Let's try a new motto. "Change or die". 68 years of continuous strife for nothing much in the way of lasting peace. Could we abandon the method behind the motto that kept us in a fight somewhere or other for that long?

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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