There are times I feel I may be the only sane person around; pressure-cooker bombs exploding at the Boston Marathon, our representatives ignoring the will of the people and voting against enhanced background checks for gun purchases, unregulated fertilizer plants exploding in the middle of residential areas in Texas … it’s enough to make a relatively sane person think the world is going rapidly mad about him.
What, indeed, is bugging us, the most powerful nation since the mighty Roman Empire? We are situated on a giant parcel of land betwixt two massive bodies of water, unassailable except, perhaps, by intercontinental ballistic missiles, which of late were only a credible threat from our last, unlamented nemesis, the dreaded Soviet Union. Since, we’ve been forced, by the prevailing proclivities of the vaunted military-industrial complex, to fantasize over near-comparable threats from enemies as diverse as Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party to whatever bugaboo could be conjured from Iranian interests to some silly heir of the North Korean hallucinatory legacy …
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