In Reply to: Neither posted by porceleindoll on March 03, 2003 at 16:47:39:
I was just commenting that to my hubby who loves to inform me everyday just how close to the "end" we are - "Korea is threatening nukes...everyone is against the U.S., let's all head for the hills..." and it goes on. None of this is new, we just have a new set up of people to play out the same old tired scenario. People love to have something to protest about, something to "buck the tide of some perceived evil" and something to fear. Maybe it's exhilerating.
If it's not one country or regime or political schism, it's another. Remember back in the 50s (you youngens wouldn't, but I sure do) when people were building bomb shelters in their backyards? Back then it was the communists and Krushev, before that it was the Germans and Hitler, then it was the Japanese and their world imperialism and they were ready to take over the world. I saw the effects of it when I lived in S.E. Asia. Their marks were everywhere and they were on a roll. Of course, no one now seems to remember how the U.S. saved the day. What country goes back and rebuilds their enemies country after a war?
No one seems to remember history, France appears to have a mental block as to how the U.S. saved them from certain destruction. Even older French citizens were remarking on the same. We could keep going back into history further, how about the Moors and their quest to conquer the "heathen" world. Such is the way of the world.
And yes, it's true, historically, democracies have not lasted over 200 years and the U.S. has already celebrated their 200th birthday. But that will be a sad day, I think.