We live in a three tier system, where a small subsection of humanity creates policy that primarily dictates the characteristics of the outer two tiers. This paradigm is not new.
Time passes in a linear fashion. Activites, such as war or peace, consume people's time. It depends on the person, how they choose to spend their time.
Some activities must be ceased, some others only need to be done right.
(General Wesley Clark details one of the Rumsfeld "snowflake" memos, making the DoD aware of war plans for seven countries.)
(Clinton era CIA director James Woolsey fingering Iraq on the eve of 9/11, not once, at least twice, and maybe three times, for the crime of 9/11.)