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Missive #187

This is the fourth volume of There Will Be War which is a compilation of short stories and essays that have mostly been published elsewhere. The exception in this volume is No Truce With Kings which is a novella that can be found as a stand alone book. As I have done in the past I show the Contents.

  • Macdonough’s Song by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Cloak and the Staff by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Winter Snow by Eric Vinicoff and Marcia Martin
  • A Way Out Maybe by John Brunner
  • A Letter From the Soviet Union by Alexander Shatravka
  • Emergency Rations by Theodore Cogswell
  • The Proud Foot of the Conqueror by Reginald Bretnor
  • Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton
  • A Cure for Croup by Edward P. Hughes
  • Comment and Discussion by Kenneth Roy
  • Battle at Kahlkhopolis by Robert Adams
  • The Conqueror of Vectis by Keith Taylor
  • Pretty Baby by Ray Peekner
  • The Man in the Gray Weapons Suit by Paul J. Nahin
  • Reagan vs. the Scientists by Robert Jastrow
  • Joined the Space Force to Wear My Blues by John Maddox Roberts
  • Psyops by Stefan T. Possony
  • Three Soldiers by D.C. Poyer
  • Interim Justice by William F. Wu
  • No Truce With Kings by Poul Anderson

The US’ Operation Prosperity Guardian this time has exposed its embarrassment. Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert, believes that no matter it is the Iraq war, the Afghan war, or the current Russia-Ukraine or Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the US’ performance has made it lose its credibility and leadership. US allies see clearly that the US only causes trouble, but it is not willing to bear the consequences. Instead, it lets its allies clean up the mess. The appeal of the US has declined, as the US that is used to being echoed is now being rejected. This is a true manifestation of “A just cause enjoys abundant support, while an unjust cause finds little support.” The choice of Spain shows the cracks within the transatlantic alliance. The US will have to pay the price for its egotism and arrogance. — Cracks in Red Sea alliance underline US-Europe division, embarrassment of US leadership Opinion @ Global Times

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