One can never escape the ultimate law of the universe — probability balance. This means that all that is good and positive must at some point in time be offset by that which is bad and negative. Along with all the relative small ups and downs we see, humanity’s magnificent technical accomplishments of recent centuries are bumping up against the final offset of nuclean annihilation.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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