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It really sounds a lot like the run-up to World War I. Kings and militaries running around gearing up and thumping their chests, polarizing their populations, with only the dimmest understanding of the utter hell which they were about to unleash upon themselves.

Thankfully, we people are awake now and can put a limit on the foolishness before it gets too late. But this is why a free and open internet is so important.

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