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The Move Toward Cold War II

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In a discussion on another blog, I remarked that the War on Terror (or Actions against Man-Caused Disasters) was evolving into another Cold War.  Asked to explain, I came up with this:

The Cold War was a very quiet, very bloody, very cynical time. On one hand you had the deal-making, the public negotiations, the photo-ops, the very public maneuvering, the backing of one leader or government or another and once in a while, its replacement. On the other hand, lots of stuff went on behind the scenes. You had the black ops, the quiet spying, the turning of foreign intel sources, the funding of some pretty unsavory characters and groups, and the occasional police operation/operation other than war.

But prior to Reagan, the Cold War, IMNSHO, had become an endless war. What was not to like about it? It funded academia. It provided numerous civilian employment opportunities both in and out of government. It had become a game where everyone in the political spectrum could play, where there were “acceptable levels of violence”, negotiations that were objectives in themselves, and where diplomatic positioning was paramount. There was no ‘win’, only the objectives of maintaining a status quo, a “detente” and avoiding open war. There was some unpleasantness in the darkness of a back alley, some backwater nation, or in the depths of the ocean, but it was out of sight and didn’t upset more meaningful things like the Great Society or the European welfare states.

There were American casualties. But not in the large numbers of WWII.  But factor in  Vietnamese, Cambodians, Koreans, Czechs, Hungarians, Israelis, Egyptians, Brits, Germans, Italians, Lebanese, Congolese, Rhodesians, Angolans, Afghanis, Ethiopians, Cubans, Nicaraguans, Colombians, Argentinians, Peruvians, Filipinos, Malaysians, Japanese, and American civilians over the course of four decades…

I guess I could’ve summed it all up by saying the Cold War was better than the alternative which the world had experienced before that, but it eventually became an all-too-acceptable situation.

I think a new Cold War is what’s being tried again. I can’t help but look at Washington’s antics and think “historical reenactment”.  Look who the administration’s foreign policy advisers are. The mindset certainly never really went away.

(My observation is nothing new – Sherman said the same thing more or less,  and as one commenter on the other site pointed out, Star Trek covered it pretty well in “A Taste of Armageddon”)

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Written by PappyBro

December 23, 2009 at 21:06

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