H/T Citizen Tom
Most people regard 2020 as a strange year, and it is a bit unusual. Surely we are squabbling more than usual. Why? We have an election coming up on November 3, 2020. Nevertheless, although 2020 may seem like an exceptionally bad year, human conflict is not as unusual as we would like to believe. If wars were not so devastating and exhausting, we would probably fight more than we do. Consider this Wikipedia article, List of the lengths of United States participation in wars (en.wikipedia.org). There are some long wars, but the long wars are relatively minor conflicts. Full scale, unrestricted conflicts, because they wreak so much havoc cannot long be sustained. One side or the other has to give up.
Since we are risk adverse we usually try to avoid unrestricted conflicts like the American Civil War and World War II. In fact, this is why we choose our leaders…
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