Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bewildering Paradoxes

U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams tankThey know of no solutions to the paradoxes of the Middle East and Europe, the Far East and Africa except the landing of Marines. Being baffled, and also being very tired of being baffled, they have come to believe that there is no way out -- except war -- which would remove all the bewildering paradoxes of their tedious and now misguided attempts to construct peace. In place of these paradoxes they prefer the bright, clear problems of war -- as they used to be. For they still believe that "winning" means something, although they never tell us what.

-- C. Wright Mills (1916-1962), American sociologist and author, The Causes of World War Three (1960)

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