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, January 15, 2009

UCAV's are terror weapons.

While many Americans may still approve of the logic of Washington Times editorial views on targeted assassinations using CIA controlled “UCAVs”…which your paper even agrees are “true terror weapons” (“Judgment from the sky” editorial Jan. 15, 2009) it is a seriously flawed view that in the long run undermines our efforts to rid the world of terrorism.
Most serious policy makers have rightfully concluded that we cannot ‘kill’ our way to victory against terrorists. Terror is a ‘tactic’ used by the weak to overcome the conventional forces of their enemy. Our use of “real terror” demonstrates that we do not really believe that our most powerful ideal and force…the rule of law is too weak to defeat them. Worse yet, our waging ‘war’ against them only raises their status as legitimate forces on the global field of battle. In reality, they are illegitimate killers who use murder to terrorize their opponent. These killers are nothing more than murderers. Criminals of the worst sort. Criminals that blatantly disregard the sanctity of innocent life. By stooping to a level and accepts the loss of innocent life as ‘collateral damage’ we provide powerful ammunition to these murderers that they use recruiting more murders to their ranks.
Our war efforts could be reducing the number of terrorists but most intelligence analysis believe our war efforts are actually increasing their ranks. Either point is irrelevant given the fact that we will not eliminate all the terrorists before they acquire unprecedented destructive power from the exponential advances in technology, particularly biotechnology, and reek profound destruction on our lives, our nation, and our world view.
The Washington Times even agrees that “taking out senior leaders” vaporizes their “unique knowledge”, “surreptitious supporters” and other “irreplaceable…intangibles” necessary for their murderous acts to be effective. Unfortunately we also lose these valuable assets that could be used to role up entire terror networks while maintaining our own most valued asset, the legitimacy of the rule of law.
We may lose more of our brave soldiers in capturing such assets but they joined swearing to serve and defend the constitution. The same constitution that believed in laws instead of men as the only means to ensure freedom. Those who gave us the constitution were willing to sacrifice their lives. Our honorable military still exists for that reason.
We cannot out terrorize the terrorists and win. In the end God will pass judgment on us all. And we know what the Bible says about ‘those who live by the sword’. I don’t believe Christ wouldn’t approve of UCAV assassinations. We must summon the courage of our own convictions to defeat the murderers…not become like them.

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