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The world seems very messy these days, which might be an occasion to examine the broad forces producing the turmoil.That year, in Vietnam alone, several hundred thousand people died as a result of the war.During the 1973 October War, American forces were put on high alert – DEFCON 3 .Today's world is unpredictable, but it doesn't compare to the kinds of geopolitical dangers that existed for decades during the Cold War, not to mention before that period.The notion that Washington can stabilize this situation easily is foolish, as its long, costly experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan surely demonstrate.For all the problems, let's keep in mind that we live today in a world with considerably fewer dangers. In 1973, Freedom House published its first annual account of political rights around the world.Of course there are crises, problems and tensions around the world.
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