Scholars call it self-fullfilling prophecy. It is set off by fear, and it is impossible to go back.
First it was Woman. It has happened: am afraid you are going to end this relationship. So, in order to avoid such a humiliation, I will end it first.
But wait! I did not want to end anything.
Too late. It's over.
Then it was Neocons. It has also happened: am afraid you are going to invade us. So, in order to avoid such a humiliation, we are launching a preventive strike.
But wait! There is diplomacy or whatever.
Now it is about Angelina Jolie. It will happen: she is afraid of getting cancer. So, in order to avoid such a real possibility, she is undergoing a mastectomy.
But wait! Your body is not your enemy...
Am afraid it is going to be too late...