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Date Posted: 15:00:38 04/03/07 Tue
Author: Jay
Subject: Ross is right on!
In reply to: Chuck in ND 's message, "Today's Column" on 14:37:15 04/01/07 Sun

Last year, my wife took a college class in American history. While I generally agreed with the teacher, there was one theme that he taught that I applauded. He asked the class what was the single most profound lesson of the American Revolution. He said that for some reason, in spite of the clear lesson that it taught us, and that history has taught us over and over, our leaders seem to have to learn in by their own experiences. His answer was that it taught us that intervention never works. And the reason is because the only way intervention could work is through permanent occupation of the land that is invaded. Sure, you can hold a sponge in a little ball, and you can keep it like that forever, but as soon as you let go, it springs back to its natural form. And so it is with foreign countries.

Regardless of what we do in Iraq, unless we plan on staying there permanently, nothing we do is really going to make any long-term difference. At least not for the better.

Once again, Ross is right on . . .


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