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War Is Like Rust

Troglodite Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 5:13 PM
LR: There is no question that Russia is making a comeback, that Chinese power is growing, and that Iran is likely to be very significant regional power (if not more) within a generation. Short of pre-emptive war against at least two major nuclear powers, we cannot even try to ensure that we will be the ONLY superpower. On the other hand, our sovereign debt need not, in theory, prevent from being ONE of the superpowers. It is well to recall that, in 1789, France was broke; fifteen years later, it bestrode Europe like a colossus. While I do NOT recommend that we imitate Napoleon's France, the point is worth remembering.

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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