Fatal Competition

What was it that awakened us to the dangers of this fatal rivalry? A rivalry propelled by forces within and between the two countries? On the decisive forces, everyone must be allowed to make his own selection. Mine number five: They were Khrushchev, Cuba, the Viet Nam War, the growing divisions within the communist world, and the persistent unwillingness of the human mind to accept persuasion that is in conflict with evidence. All who exercise power find this latter obstinacy by far the most annoying tendency with which they have to contend.

~ John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-10-15 1908-10-15 age:0) Age of Uncertainty: the Fatal Competition