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War, normality, and a time for women

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7317.0 (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0

The Chinese ideogram for “crisis,” observed Winston Churchill repeatedly, is composed of two characters that separately mean “danger” and “opportunity.” This observation might offer some comfort with bombs falling on Afghanistan, the United States in high anxiety over bioterrorism, millions of Afghanis starving now, many in the developing world starving soon (p 824), and the prospect of a third world war (pp 822, 823). Could something good possibly come of this? Douglas Holdstock thinks it might if an international criminal court comes into being sooner than it otherwise would (p …

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