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.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Kill all Muslims?

Diana West (http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/dwest.htm) seems to think that we are mortally threatened by Islam and that our trying to win their “hearts and minds” is “suicidal”.

She seems to imply that Muslims will never be receptive to a peaceful approach to coexistence. Ms. West doesn’t come right out and say it but might as well call for the killing of all Muslims. Western civilization isn’t beyond committing genocide. We’ve done it a few times before even when we weren’t threatened.

Before admitting to her final summation that “we” may be “just too dumb to live” let us consider at least two other rational approaches.

First, we could get Congressional agreement to indict President Bush before a United Nations Tribunal for war crimes for his invasion of Iraq and it’s lethal consequences for tens of thousands of Iraqis -- in exchange for their cooperation...wait... Let me rephrase that....

Have Congress do something that will convince other Muslim majority or minority nations that are not bordering Iraq to provide an all Muslim peace keeping force that we will fund for the purpose of ensuring the security of all Iraqis -- including the Kurds. Then we fund a summit of Muslim leaders to work with Iraqi factional leaders to work out a federation of limited power, oil revenue sharing, and the promise to protect all Iraqi citizens. Or allow them to follow Senator Biden’s plan of breaking the country up into three manageable states.

The other option is to pull all US forces (military and private contractors) out of Iraq and let the civil war burn itself out with the surrounding Arab/Persian countries suffering the inevitable consequences. Better we sit back and watch Muslims killing each other than have US soldiers in the middle being killed and being responsible for the occasional killing of innocent Iraqi's – and permanently imprisoning far more. Before leaving we could promise US funding for Iraq reconstruction equivalent to what we are currently spending on our hostile occupation. But, only if they can establish a peaceful resources sharing solution on their own. If they chose to take the mass murderous route then we will take our money and invest it in becoming immediately energy independent.

Ms. West was right about one thing. It is an incredibly stupid mistake to think that we can occupy and “nation build” a Muslim country using US armed forces. What was Bush thinking? That he had God on his side? Could there really be someone in the US that is just too dumb to live?

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