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War Is Like Rust

Troglodite Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 3:57 PM
Between 1919 and 1945, Britain could afford to give us its superpower status because the U.S. was there to take over. For us now, there is no more or less friendly successor waiting in the wings. If we decide to give up our superpower status, we may find that the results, in money and blood,are more expensive than keeping it would have been.

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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