1941 and ’42 were terrible years for women? They weren’t exactly wonderful for men, either. It was the start of the Second World War. Despite America’s reluctance to enter, the growing threat of Nazism would have meant eventual American intervention. The First World War wasn’t that far in the past. Men—if they had any brains and foresight—knew they’d be called upon, and the massacres of the First World War would be nothing compared to what modern armaments of the time would demonstrate in a second conflict. Over four hundred thousand (approx) U.S. soldiers would die in the Second World War, defending many countries against Nazism and tyranny. I realize the point you’re making, Sady, but you generalize in ways that make me question your other blanket statements. You say Sanders and Biden are old men, doomed like all old men to chauvinistic behaviour like aberrant hugging and, God, hair-sniffing. Let’s truly hope we never see a Third World War. There’s so much “touching” in war, Sady, and surely you’ll agree, women should be there on the front lines, being equal to men, and doing their part. Let’s hope, whoever the enemy is, they abide by rules of modern decency and “don’t touch.” This should be part of the Geneva Convention. “No touching.” It might just work.

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