Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
This sounds like Niall Ferguson's analysis in his documentary "The
Ascent of Money." The year 1914 marked the end of the first era of
internationalism, and the same thing could happen between the U.S. and China to
end the current era of internationalism. It's a provocative analysis. But
his analysis and yours ignores the role the U.S. invasion of Russia had in
destroying relations between the U.S. and Russia, resulting in the cold war.
But clearly there is a lot to learn from the World War I period. I'm glad
you are taking a look at it.
Does anyone spell check these articles?? Paragraph nine the word roll should be
"role". Really - in a newspaper!!!??? I have found other errors in the
past so rather than relying on computers to spell check - people ought to proof
read like they used to before. Nothing beats the human touch in our digital
age!Regarding the article itsef - very interesting comparisons. And
"neat" or not history does tend to repeat itself if we do not learn from
it. Let's sit up and take notice and not repeat such mistakes. We
don't want WW3 starting as a 100th anniversary this year now do we?Let's not fall in love with technology so much so that we neglect
good old fashioned values which were abandoned in the name of progress on the
lead up to may battles and wars. Stand for truth and righteousness wherever you
Gemini, Just what is truth and "righteousness"?
Those who fail to study history tend to become its victims. In Utah, we have
failed to study the consequences created by treating African Americans
inappropriately. Currently, we are following the same path with Gay Marriages.
Utah was on the wrong side of history with African Americans and Utah, failing
to study history, will be on the wrong side again with Gay Marriage.
The most important lesson to learn from history is that there are no important
lessons to be learned from history.
The United States' "big stick" is more often used to bludgeon
rising powers into submission than it is used as a tool for leverage in
diplomacy. The situation between China and Japan can best be resolved by the
U.S. allowing Japan to develop itself into the military power that it used to
be—there will not be another Pearl Harbor, I assure you. The United States
needs to withdraw from affairs outside of our own hemisphere and focus on
resolving our numerous problems at home. We cannot afford—nor do we have
the right—to play policeman of the world any longer.
The editorial writer's attitude is, to me, scarier than the prospects
described. We are to supervise the world and its ever-blooming possibilities
for friction and war, remain strongest in case our might is needed? Do we never
learn? Been there done that since the early 1950's when, flush
with great successes in WWII and an economic boom to underwrite the expense, we
volunteered ourselves as SuperPower on Call to the world. And ever since
it's been one intervention and war after the other for us. It is VERY
easy to show that our economic woes today are directly tied to the growing
expense, in far leaner times, of maintaining that might and fighting the fights
other countries seem easily to avoid. Being the world's
policeman seems very foolish when infrastructure needs go a-begging, public
education needs national planning AND funding if we're to keep up with
other countries, and myriad domestic programs are threatened with dollar
cutting. As I said, do we ever learn?
Some good thoughts here. The opinion writer states, however, that the U.S. has
the largest military on earth. That all depends on what you are counting. We
certainly have the most expensive military on earth, spending more than the next
10 countries combined. But in terms of number of soldiers, the United
States' 2.29 million combined active and reserve personnel pales in
comparison to China's 4.59 million, Vietnam's 5.5 million, South
Korea's 5.19 million, or North Korea's 9.5 million. Just counting
active personnel, China has twice as many soldiers as we do.
Ultra BobNo, the most important lesson to learn from history is that
history repeats itself. That is why the 2nd most important lesson to learn from
history is that those who forget history, particularly the bad stuff, are going
to repeat it too. For instance Bob, you won't meet many Jews who want the
world to forget WW11.
pragmatistferlifeWell you know what truth I hope is - surprised you
don't know what righteousness is as you placed it in parenthesis.It is the noun of righteous "righteous observance of laws; morally right
or justifyable; acting in a moral way". Did you need a defninition you
could not look up or did you feel I used it in the wrong place? I
made a remark about spell checking a newspaper article because it's
important to get it right before it goes to print. It was meant for Deseret News
- not you! The standing for truth and righteousness part was something I ended
on to say that if we all stood for those 2 qualities all the finger pointing and
preludes to previous pre-war times would not happen. Peace is what we all seek
in any era. It is the "behind the scenes" people who push the buttons
for countries to go to war. Find peace in 2014!
SCFAN.If you mean that similar results sometimes come from similar
causes, That's possible. But history as we know it comes from
someone's of thousands of recollections of the event and we tend to choose
one of many versions depending on our need. Remembering history is
good, it sometimes keeps us from touching the red hot stove again. But
remembering just for the sake of remembering is no good if we don't change
the behavior that caused the pain. We've got thousands of
monuments to remember war and disaster but we have done little to change the
causes. In the long run it might be better to keep our eyes to the front and
make our decisions on current things than be looking back on what went before.
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