The Gulf: A New Test of Resolve

Americans are edging toward a war psychology, but that does not mean they are willing to pay any price or bear any burden in the Middle East

Every nation invents its own style of going to war -- the myths that it plays in its mind when it marches off to fearsome business. In August 1914 an Englishman placed a personal ad in the London Times: "Pauline -- alas, it cannot be. But I will dash into the great venture with all that pride and spirit an ancient race has given me." The man's generation, destined for the trenches at Ypres and the Somme, was almost innocent enough to ship off thinking of Horace's lines: "Dulce et decorum est/ Pro patria mori." Years later, American boys flying to...

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