A Policy of Active Engagement

  • Stanley R. Sloan


In the well-loved American tale about the Wizard of Oz, a severe tornado takes Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, on a perilous ride to the imaginary land of Oz. After Dorothy’s house sets down in this strange land of witches and little people, she sets out along the yellow brick road in search of the Wizard who, she is told, has the power to help her return home to Kansas. On her way to see the Wizard, she is joined by a trio of unusual companions: a scarecrow, a tin woodsman, and a cowardly lion. All three of Dorothy’s new-found friends believe they have been shortchanged by life; the kindly scarecrow has no brain, the tin woodsman has no heart, and the cowardly lion, naturally, has no courage. The Wizard eventually rewards them all with a token of what they are seeking. The scarecrow receives a diploma, certifying his great wisdom; the tin woodsman receives a heart on a chain, endowing him with great compassion; and the lion receives a medal, confirming his courage.


Nuclear Weapon Flexible Response Warsaw Pact World Issue Persian Gulf Region 
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