Nation: New Year's Mellow Mood

In a time of peace, heroes are in, protest is out and worries are muted

My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

—Thomas Hardy

There is no evidence as Americans enter 1978 that they share Hardy's aesthetic view and prefer chaos to calm. For the first time in more than a dozen years, abroad and at home the nation is at peace and clearly enjoying it. Sons do not go off to die in foreign fields, and daughters do not end their lives making bombs for a war at...

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