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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bugs not nukes our greatest threat.

Bret Stephens overlooks one simple yet profound fact regarding “Who Needs Nukes” (3-20-07). Nukes aren’t our greatest or even most likely problem. Advances in biotechnology and lose 'bugs' are far more available, affordable and anonymous than lose nukes.
Biologicals represent an entirely new class of weapons. Replicable weapons – meaning they replicate when used – unlike traditional weapons that are used up when used. Biologicals are infinitely more difficult to trace after an event and difficult to detect before an attack than a nuclear bomb.
Zbigniew Brzezinsky (“Second Chance” author) recently stated 'it used to be more expensive to govern a million people than kill them. Now it’s the other way around'. It’s biologicals not nukes that make this profound fact true.
Brzezinsky went on to say in his interview on The Daily Show that we “need effective consensus for others to work with us” in reducing any future threat. Having more and better nukes is unlikely to garner us the friends needed to defeat Al Qaida and stop anything they will use against us.



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