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August 6, 2009

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“Statesmen of World War I lamented afterward that if only the negotiations in the days before the first mobilizations had not been conducted by telegraph, the war might have been avoided.

“The problem, they said, was that none of the kings or foreign ministers of Europe had accustomed themselves to the speed of information, to the quantity of it that became available when telegraphs replaced letters.  And in their confusion, they felt they had to act and decide at the (then-blistering) speed of a telegraph machine. It destroyed their judgment.”

– Joshua Cooper Ramo, The Age of the Unthinkable

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