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Which war should we be fighting?

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More Americans (some 575,000) died of cancer last year than perished in all our last centuries’ wars combined, but why no anger? We should be angry. We went to war against cancer 35 years ago and haven’t won.

President Nixon declared War on Cancer in his 1971 State of the Union speech, perhaps to draw attention from a shooting war gone bad in Vietnam, but nevertheless the cancer war was joined. Part of today’s problem might be his proclaiming a drug war that steals attention, with raids and arrests, featured on TV and movies, leading to a lot bigger budget. We’re losing that war too.

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