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Ignorance fuels the calls for war

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The New York Times ran an unfair headline the other day: "Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S." It was unfair not because it was inaccurate, but because the latter phrase suggested there was something noteworthy in our surprise. When it comes to events abroad, surprise is our natural state. This is particularly true in places where we have engaged in military hostilities. It may be...

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