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The Laughter of Voltaire

The Laughter of Voltaire

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During the 15-plus years I worked for the US military as a civilian contractor, I traveled to all the NATO countries, visiting each of them at least 4 times over the years, most more often than that. Such a travel schedule would kill me now, at age 66. But I was a much younger man then, younger by almost 40 years, and so thrived on the hectic travel, the nature of the work, the brilliant and fascinating people I routinely met, and even the sense of being "in the know" about various defense and policy matters, many of which were -- at that time -- classified above top-secret. In the process, I fell in love, passionate love, with three great cities where I spent much of my time: London, Paris, and Brussels. (Brussels was, and is, NATO headquarters.) I have vivid memories of dallying over ...