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.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Law, Law. Not Jaw, Jaw or War War.

Dear Editor,

Thomas Sowell demonstrates lethal pre-9-11 thinking by comparing the lead up to World War II with his belief that we will soon end up like France if we don’t “do something” to stop Iran. (Morally Paralyzed, July 26, 2007)

First, our ‘war’ against terrorism and Al Qaeda’s declared war against us is nothing like World War II on any level. There are no massed armies (except ours). No foreign invaders or occupiers (except us). No weapons of mass destruction (except ours, Russia’s, Pakistan’s, China’s, India’s and Israel’s). No mass detention of people because of their religion (except by us). No clearly defined battle fronts (except those we create). No axis of nations plotting to take over the world. All there is … is a bunch of murderous cave dwelling fanatics using the aggressive stupidity of their enemies to boost their own murderous ranks).

Sowell is following the ‘war at any price’ bandwagon that a few other Washington Times columnist have jumped onto over the last few months... all arguing for targeted strikes to stop Iran’s nuclear capacity. What about Iran’s biological capacity? In our post 9-11/Anthrax world a biological weapon like small pox is a far greater threat to our freedom, prosperity and survival than a few lose nukes.

Today’s situation is far closer to the world conditions prior to World War I that Harlan Ullman outlined so clearly in the Washington Times earlier this week in “July 1914 redux?” Any military strike on Iran would be like the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand. It would spark and effectively fuel a real global holy war.

The lesson we failed to learn from both previous World Wars is the need to create an enforceable global system of government that is more than a talk fest. One that can effectively protect human rights and eliminates war a means of solving problems.

In reality, any form of mass murder (war, terrorism, genocide…) is a crime against humanity. Those who commit such crimes of mass murder should be effectively prosecuted and brought to justice. We need a global rule of law…not the continued global law of force. Until we transform the United Nations into a body with such enforcement capacity it will be nothing more effective than ‘jaw, jaw’ or ‘war, war’. We need law, law.

The increasing and irreversible global availability of mass murdering technology (nuclear, biological, chemical and even conventional) can not be controlled. All nations, groups and individuals will be able to obtain it. Not even the most powerful nation (the US) or the most intrusive and repressive world government created by those fearing for their lives, will be able to stop the level of mass murder that will be attained if humanity continues to chose the ‘law of force’ over the ‘rule of law’.

Only an enforceable global bill of rights can effectively replace the right of nations to do as they please in response to any perceived threat. Throughout my childhood I swore allegiance to my flag without fully understanding my words. Now I can only hope we all take that pledge and its first and last words seriously “I pledge…liberty and justice for all”. That’s what our founding fathers aspired to. We can use the powers of this great nation to achieve it… instead of sparking and fueling the next world jihad/crusade.

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At Thu Jul 26, 06:57:00 PM, Blogger gary said...


This is not entirely in response to your current post, but rather in response to your bio on yourself. I have a vision for a UN that's based in the principle of democracy, rather than dictatorships...

I'd be interested in your feedback.

"Just do the freakin’ math."


At Sun Aug 05, 10:05:00 PM, Blogger Anthony said...

You do a great job of providing insightful information to try to help people make sense of things where there seemingly is no sense involved.

I purposefully don't blog on this subject matter. Frankly, I find it to be too troublesome. It gets difficult enough following this on tv and reading about it in the paper.

So, best of luck with your work. I hope you'll help some folks get things tallied correctly.

And, I'm pleased to say, I've included you in the newest installment of Surfer's Paradise.

I hope the link serves you well.

At Thu Aug 16, 06:36:00 PM, Blogger E. R. Dunhill said...

I think US military action against Iran, in light of US presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, would be interpreted as a war on Islam. I'm not sure that would be a flawed interpretation of the situation.
As far as an updated or recast UN, how do you see such a body affecting trade, intellectual property, and common resources?


At Sat Aug 18, 05:44:00 AM, Blogger Chuck Woolery said...


I believe the UN role should be to democratize Trade policy with an enforcable global bill of rights. Human life is more important than intellectual property rights. Vital medications should be made affordable to those in need. The dual use nature of technology means 'free trade' is a boon to terrorist seeking to acquire WMD capability. NO real way to stop that without stopping all trade. And that can't even be attempted without a Nazi like repressive world government. I advocate the global protection of human rights as a means of reducing the motivation for terrorism...and increasing the number of people and nations that will help us stop terrorists before they strike. Common resources need to be protected and fairly distributed. That is yet another important role the UN could play IF it had the power and the resources.


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