|Entropy cannot be stopped, or even delayed.|
One more? Sure. August '65: The Watts Rebellion. Just sayin'.🙊And you thought you could relax this month? In the August 8th edition of the Wall Street Journal, Andrew Roberts writes, "What is it about the month of August? Why should we still persist in regarding it as a quiet time--with Congress in recess, business slowed down, and people on holiday--when so many world-historical events take place in this month?"
It's a major month for war, and he lists some of the conflicts that began in August: World War I (August 4, 1914); Hitler invaded Poland (August 31st, 1939); Bombs dropped on Hiroshima (August 1945); Vietnam War began (August 1964)*; Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, August 1968); Invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein (August 1990).
Other August conflicts: The Berlin Wall was built in August 1961 and Nelson Mandela was arrested in August 1962. China's Cultural Revolution began in August of 1966. Did the invaders think that their opponents would be caught napping? Roberts has a theory about this. He writes: "(An) explanation might be that principal political decision-makers often take vacations in August, leaving less competent lieutenants in control." For instance, "When Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev went on holiday in August, 1991, he found that the people he left behind in Moscow were so incompetent that they failed to detect a full-scale coup growing."
When the alleged leader & Incompetence Poster Boy is on yet another vacation is this Once-Great Nation of Ours™ in a better crisis-avoidance position? Or is some fool jarhead general going to start blowing things up? Fingers crossed, wood knocked-upon & breath bated, but w/ the age of instantaneous & idiotic communication fully upon us, Trump's less incompetent lieutenants can be over-ruled (or encouraged to drop the big one) from a cottage in Bedminster, New Joisey as easily as from the tee vee room at the Executive Mansion.
*For the American imperialists, perhaps, in terms of troop committment, but for the long-suffering people of Vietnam, the struggle against European colonialism began in the 16th century with the arrival of Portuguese in 1516 and other European traders and missionaries..