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Offline Brad Sallows

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Re: World most peaceful now than at anytime in 12 years
« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2005, 19:47:31 »
>Now.... who'se saying that the world is safer now?

Me - because even if you can demonstrate actuarially that the world is more unstable and subject to many smaller messy conflicts, "the world" as an entity is safer because we aren't one mistake away from permitting the nuclear fleets of the US and USSR to achieve full realization of their respective purposes.
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Re: World most peaceful now than at anytime in 12 years
« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2005, 21:37:52 »
good point
.... but we are "messier" though
all these little wars littering the planet.
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Re: World most peaceful now than at anytime in 12 years
« Reply #27 on: October 27, 2005, 03:51:53 »
Wars have always "littered" the planet - we just seem to pay more attention to them now that we don't worry about the Soviets and that we all have access to Cable News (if it bleeds, it leads).

Brad raises an interesting point:  Although the probability of thermonuclear war was low, the consequences were extremely high.  Now we have the obverse - there seems to be a relatively decent chance of seeing a terrorist attack, but the consequences (in absolute terms) are minimal.  Either way, we will be gainfully employed, but it does offer relief to have the Sword of Damocles removed from the dining room....
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Re: World most peaceful now than at anytime in 12 years
« Reply #28 on: October 27, 2005, 09:24:47 »
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I see my evil hand is in this one, sir gunnar.....

Yeah well...while you're obviously intelligent and urbane, I don't always agree with you.  Bad guys are in black hats, and good guys are in white hats as far as I'm concerned...not really wanting to open that can of worms at present, dontchaknow...

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Re: World most peaceful now than at anytime in 12 years
« Reply #29 on: October 27, 2005, 11:07:55 »
Bad guys are in black hats

Damn armoured corps.... ;)
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