[quote=“DeckApe, post:96, topic:45586, full:true”]
Because people are more civilized and enlightened now as opposed to in the past? (Haven’t people been saying that for a long time?)[/quote]
Yes people HAVE become more civilized and yes…, that is what have been said for a long time.
Let’s hope it can continue to be the case in the future as well.
That is the most worrying, that the military brass will blindly follow order, without consideration to the consequences for their country, their families and the world at large.
That is of course what they have been trained to do, but in our “enlightened world” one would hope that there would be somebody with enough backbone to stop a madman, even if he is their President, PM or King. (That applies universally)
Yes I remember and I agree; if you are going to attack another country to change the regime you better have a plan for what happens next. “You break it, you bought it”.
I can also remember Kennedy/Johnson being sucked into a war in S.E.Asia that they could not win, and Reagan attacking a tiny island in the Caribbean and…
Well, what do you think?? How many wars have America been directly, or indirectly through proxies, involved in since WWII?
I realize that you have to have a reason to keep a big Army, Navy and Air Force active and the world in awe of your power to maintain hegemony, but the world is not as impressed, or afraid anymore.
Although, looking at what is going on in Washington these days, it may be time to get REALLY scared.
Yes, one of the last vestiges of a colonial past. It would be nice if they could settle their differences after 70 years, but with the vested interests of the ruling classes and military on both sides in keeping the conflict going, don’t hold your breath.
The meddling by Superpowers during the Cold War and the changing allegiances since, hasn’t made it any more likely to happen soon.
The last sentence is sarcasm I hope? BTW; You forgot greed, one of the main driving forces.
Otherwise, thanks for your kind judgment, it’s not often I get credit for any knowledge,judgment or intelligence on this forum.
We can only hope that this time it WILL be different, unless some old thinking, or old fools, get in the way.