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  •  nostalgia (3+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, msmacgyver, Shahryar

    In the good old days--the Cold War--everyone knew what to expect most of the time.  Then Russia invaded Afghanistan--we funded Osama bin Laden----who helped defeat Russia--who planned 9/11.  Then we invaded Afghanistan--further corrupted Pakistan--invaded Iraq--all of which precipitated infighting between Shia and Sunni--which led to an Arab Spring--which had strong religious undertones--which caused more deaths and little democracy--I can go on, but I'm sure I left out stuff--let's just say, using surrogates to fight battles is not a good idea.  And, using religion to fight battles, is even a worse idea.

    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

    by melvynny on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 09:56:52 PM PDT

    •  Surrogates are what cowards rely on for (1+ / 0-)
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      self-protection. It is one of the manifestations of triangulation.
      Fear, it seems, prompts four responses:

      fight
      flight
      fright
      fire (instigation)

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 02:15:15 AM PDT

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