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War Is Like Rust

willis9 Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 2:37 PM
What could go wrong in this new world order? Tune in tomorrow for latest atrocity and humble posture response garnished with lies, false hope, and the enduring profound question "what difference does it make?"

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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