[FoRK] beware inevitability! a foil to the
Fri Oct 14 18:42:47 PDT 2005
The future is hard to predict, partly because even
once it's happened we don't necessarily agree on what
Has the winner of a staring contest, beaten his
opponent? Certainly the interaction between the U.S.
and the Soviet Union was more than some ideological
stare down. Whenever there is the defeated, to a large
extent they lost because of things inherent to them.
This is a truism, and should not be used, by itself,
to claim no contest actually took place.
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