Missing the good old days of the Cold War
By Susan Reimer
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I don't know about you, but I miss the Cold War.
Life was simpler when
True, we spent the Cold War always on the cusp of Armageddon. Nuclear annihilation was possible at any moment, and that can be stressful. But there was comfort in knowing that if you crawled under your desk at school, you'd be fine.
Personally, I liked it better when wars were started by the assassination of archdukes or tanks rolling into
And logistically, it was easier to conjure a mental picture of war back in the day.
Life is complicated enough without having
And we just had to award an Olympic stage to the Chinese. We thought we could coax them to join the international community, but then we found out they want to own it. That genie is never going back into the bottle.
Things are so different now.
One crazy nomad gets lucky with a couple of planes, and we start a years-long war in a country he never lived in, eventually returning our focus to another war in a country he has undoubtedly left.
And it seems none of the martyrs we are fighting ever saw the movie "Patton," in which the famous general explained that war does not mean that you die for your cause — you make sure the other guy dies for his. Do the math! If your whole side blows itself up, who is left to ride in the motorcade down
Life is busy imitating art in this brave new world.
Now the lid has blown off the entire Arab world thanks to, in equal parts, tyranny, rising food prices, unemployed youth and Facebook. It all makes sense only if you believe that American blue jeans were the reason the Berlin Wall had to come down.
Our answer is a "no-fly zone," which is a bit of a misnomer if the first thing you do is to destroy the entire air force in the zone. If there is nothing left to fly, it seems like the perfect opportunity to declare victory and go home.
And how can it be possible that the
I don't know. The world has changed. It was simpler when wars were cold and nobody died but the spies.
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