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A maxim for a prudent statesman may well be to “yield not to the temptation to achieve your heart’s desire, especially when a tempting chance seems close within reach, lest it is none but your enemy seeking to entrap you.” Thus was Bush 43 inveigled to crush Iran’s great foe, doing Iran’s heavy lifting for them. Thus also Obama was led to lend succor to the “Arab Spring” rebellions, aiding in the end only his nation’s enemies. This was Stalin brought to ignore the mounting war clouds. Thus also was Hitler guided to declare was on the US, despite knowing full well that it was not to Germany’s advantage. Let us pray then that our leaders yield no more to such temptations, however unlikely it appears that this outcome, so devoutly to be wish’d, may in actuality come to pass.

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