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The Hinge of Fate

Reader comment on item: Decision Time on Iran

Submitted by Jon B., Oxford UK (United Kingdom), Oct 31, 2006 at 12:30

Sometimes, in history, the fate of entire nations has hung on a decision made by just one man. Rarely, though, has it been that this decision-maker has possessed the clarity of mind to perceive the choice to be made with the necessary starkness. Hence, this occasion, when it comes, will be, to use Winston Churchill's phrase, the 'hinge of fate'. Let us hope against hope that Bush or his successor gets it right; otherwise our civilisation will be plunged into a terrible darkness, the end of which cannot be forecast ,and the thought of which makes us shudder.


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