Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Bush-Styled Pax Americana by Miles Woolley

Have you ever noticed how certain words simply refuse to go together? Aside from the obvious oxymora like uniting jumbo with shrimp, or baby with grand, (or president with Bush), there just happen to be combinations of words that resist placement in the same sentence. Some do not even want to coexist on the same page. Pax Americana is supposed to mean peace enforced by the power of America. Another way of defining Pax Americana is to say the peace is due to America’s actions. If peace were due to Britain’s actions, it would be Pax Britannica. If peace were due to Italy’s efforts: Pax Romana, etc.

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