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Another World War I parallel: China

To the editor: Robert Freeman ignores the tinderbox of World War I — the Balkans — and the role of Austria's status as an empire hoping to quiet its subject peoples by going to war with Serbia. This is a major omission on Freeman's part. ("The rhymes of history echo from World War I," Op-Ed, Nov. 10)

Indeed, the main parallels between 1914 and today are between the Austro-Hungarian empire and today's China, the latter having its own occupied nations and a population agitating against economic inequality.

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And his point that the Bush administration invaded Iraq in 2003 for oil? Please.

Edward S. Reisman, Santa Monica

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