A U.S. Special Forces Operation Detachment-Alpha soldier uses his weapon's optic lens to scan the area as Afghan national commandos conduct a clearing operation in Mandozai village in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Dec. 27, 2013. U.S. soldiers assisted the Afghan commandos. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores
2014: Good Year for a Great War? -- Graham Allison, National Commentary
Precisely a hundred years ago today, the richest man in the world sent New Year’s greetings to a thousand of the most influential leaders in the U.S. and Europe announcing: mission accomplished. “International Peace,” he proclaimed, “is to prevail through the Great Powers agreeing to settle their disputes by International Law, the pen thus proving mightier than the sword.”
Having immigrated to the US penniless, created the steel industry as a pillar of America's rise to preeminence, and become fabulously wealthy in the process, Andrew Carnegie had the confidence of a man who had achieved the impossible. When he turned from making money to spending it for public purposes, his goals were universal literacy at home (funding public libraries in cities and towns across America), and perpetual peace abroad, starting with the great powers of Europe and the US.
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My Comment: An excellent essay on history and how war evolved .... to today's world and to today's pressure points. Read it all. As to what is my take on the possibility of a world war .... if it should happen it will originate from Asia.