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, January 05, 2011

Bioweapons are the future of warfare

Dear Editor,
David Ignatius’ view on “The Future of warfare” (Jan 2?, 2011) missed the most powerful, affordable and ubiquitous weapon technology that will likely have more influence over the future of war than those he listed. Last year’s bipartisan commission on WMD newly stated that biological weapons are our nation’s (and the world’s) greatest, most likely, and most imminent threat.
Examining all the offensive characteristics of biological weapons anyone with a rational mind can come to only one conclusion. The practice of war itself is obsolete. With the basic building blocks of life now harnessed and within the hands of any ill intentioned nation or small group, no person, crop or nation is secure. And no amount of military power or futuristic ray gun will protect them.
So there is no “puzzle to ponder in 2011”. The only rational step now and the foreseeable future to maximize all levels of security is to make the Universal Declaration of Human Rights an enforceable global document. World law is the only sane “legacy” for the new age. More war is no longer a sane option.
The use of force will still be needed. But, it must now be limited within the context of law enforcement to protect those rights. The right of any nation to wage war for it’s own selfish reasons must be outlawed and any political leader or extremist party that starts one should be indicted for crimes against humanity and punished accordingly.



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