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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-24-04 01:54 PM
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94. Here we go!
Edited on Mon May-24-04 02:02 PM by Must_B_Free
The scorpion and the tarantula; the struggle to control atomic weapons, 1945-1949
by Joseph I. Lieberman (Author) (Yep, that Joe Lieberman!)

So you thought Al Gore's book "Earth in the Balance" was flaky? Check out his running mate Joseph Lieberman's little-noticed 1970 volume on arms control and the origins of the Cold War, "The Scorpion and the Tarantula." It's a masterpiece of moral equivalency in which Mr. Lieberman draws a parallel between Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and the American Monroe Doctrine of maintaining influence in the Western hemisphere.

The book's title comes from a quote from Cold War historian Louis Halle, who contended that the Cold War "is not fundamentally a case of the wicked against the virtuous. Fundamentally, it is like the case of the scorpion and the tarantula in the bottle, and we may properly feel sorry for both parties, caught as they are, in a situation of irreducible dilemma." In the preface to his 1970 book, Mr. Lieberman wrote that "this is the spirit in which I have recorded what my research has revealed."

It a symbol of mortal combat.

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