What would happen if the NY Times had done this.
Completely off topic, but it looks like Russia and Georgia (not the state) are going to war. I am just too depressed and ill-informed on the region to even talk about it, but James Joyner has some helpful info.
I remember as an undergrad one of the books I had to read was about the beginning of World War One, and it was a fascinating rundown of the alliances and how, past a certain point, the war was an inevitability. There was a chapter called “the iron die have been cast” or something like that (I also remember a train metaphor), but I can not remember the name of the book. That phrase has always stuck in my mind, however.