Tremendously important changes are taking place in the world today, so rapidly it often seems impossible to keep track.
The great powers are starting to back away from their military interventions, not because they have concluded that lions should lie down with lambs but because they are discovering that military interventions just don’t work in the twentieth century. The Soviet Union has started to pull its troops out of Afghanistan and has signaled the Sandinistas that it wants to limit its involvement in Nicaragua. The United States, despite Reagan’s huffing and Elliot Abrams’s responsive puffing, is shying away from intervention in Nicaragua. It begins to seem that the era of bipolar domination in the world may be approaching an end....
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