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Sooner or later I'll write something of my own, but for the moment, here's another snippet of what I'm reading in my on-line meanderings:

link: http://www.laweekly.com/ink/04/03/25th-powers.php

For anybody under the age of 25, the Cold War must feel as distant as World War II did to me when I was young.

But as William Faulkner once commented, "The past is not dead, it isn’t even passed yet." We’re still living with the daisy chains woven during the Cold War. Al Qaeda found a safe haven in Afghanistan because that poor beleaguered country was a Cold War sideshow. Saddam Hussein received American aid because he was fighting Iran’s militant ayatollahs, who came to power because the U.S. supported the repressive shah, who himself seized the throne after the CIA helped topple the elected leader, Muhammad Mossadegh, lest he take his country (and its oil) out of the Western orbit. For decades, the U.S. supported corrupt regimes in Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia and Indonesia to keep them on the side of "freedom," a political decision for which the bill is now coming due.

People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.

-Milan Kundera

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