Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Can't outlaw WMD without global government.

The UN’s new report by its own Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission ("Panel aims to outlaw nukes: WMD Report raises alarms." Washington Times 6-5-06) demonstrates yet again the extraordinary ignorance of so-called experts regarding vital facts that are critical to understanding their own area of ‘expertise’.

To state that “Nuclear weapons” should be “outlawed” just like “chemical and biological weapons – have been outlawed” is akin to saying Trade should be outlawed just as genocide and terrorism have been outlawed. Earth to UN experts. There are no laws on the global level. Only unenforceable good ideas (Declarations) and occasional good weather agreements (Treaties). "Laws" imply legislature and enforcement. The UN has neither. And, this is just as the US Government and other unelected permanent members of the Security Council wanted it and still like it.

The really bad news however, is that even if there were UN legislated laws and a UN police capacity for enforcement against violations of NBC (Nuclear, biological and chemical) WMD proliferation there is virtually no way they could consistently be enforced. Even of the most intrusive and repressive military police states couldn’t detect the creation or distribution of WMD capacity given the dual use nature of the technology used to make it.

Here is where a primarily conservative ideal whips liberal day dreaming about disarmament. The bad news for Conservatives is that the Second Amendment is really a global inalienable right. Given the dual use aspect of all technology (nuclear, biological, chemical, cyber and even conventional) there is NO WAY the means to make and deliver WMD can be stopped. Efforts to do so will only bring bad vibes and repeated failures to those who try.

The real issue is how do we ensure security. The fact is you can’t. Security is an illusion. All you can really do is work your best not to piss people off so much that they want to kill you. Especially people who are willing to die and kill for what they believe.

There is an solution. It’s called the rule of law. Both liberals and conservative have to understand that peace and security is not a function of armaments or disarmament. These valued ideals are the product of the rule of law. Laws made and enforced by a democratic process, applied equally to all, and protective of a certain set of inalienable rights. (for the list of rights see the Universal Deceleration of Human rights).

Until the UN is reformed or created with such a ‘rule of law’ there will be no real peace or security.

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