opportunities by those whose struggle is against oppression on behalf of greater equity and solidarity. The ebb and flow of history has proceeded with great force during the past decade, raising hopes here, dashing them there, suggesting above all that the present casts a short shadow. What seems definite beyond ambiguity at this juncture is predictably likely to be superseded in significance within a period of months or, at most, a few years. Amid all of these contradictory tendencies, there exist many opportunities to reestablish confidence that the struggles for a just world order will not be long frustrated by the temporary post-Gulf War triumphal proclamation of a new world order.
The revealed roots of war in the political culture of the West suggest that analysis, action, and hope must be recast along more radical lines touching directly on the deep structures of political life. It is necessary to confront the unpleasant truth that militarism can be democratic and that so long as beliefs, myths, and glory are bound to the traditions and imagination of patriarchy, there can be no fundamental challenge mounted against the war system. Perhaps, most depressing, is the degree to which multitudes of women as well as men seem to be still patriarchally entrapped.