Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Fair Question?

Asked by Tom Engelhardt — Should the US Be Bombed? Referring to "the present 'debate' over whether to bomb Iran back to the pre-nuclear age," the author asks us to "take a second to wonder why there is no media debate over whether to bomb the U.S."

He remind us, "After all, we are the planet's foremost weapons proliferator; we have a reputation for using what we produce and parceling it out as well; and, as it happens, we're still investing money in improvements to our vast nuclear arsenal."

Of course we shouldn't be bombed, but neither should Iran. Our military-industrial complex is far more of a threat to us (and the world) than is Iran, but it is up to us to abolish it.

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Blogger Casey Khan said...

That's the question that should be asked pro-life Catholics who call for the bombing of other country's based on the moral make-up of that country. Looking at the issue reductio ad absurdum, after all, isn't the US one of the world's leading practitioner's of abortion? Ergo, the US should be bombed, occupied and remade into a more moral image that does not seek the vices of an individualist autonomous lifestyle through abortion, et al.

2:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melian Dialogue, anyone?

6:18 AM  
Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

I just hope that Israel can forge ahead with its Arrow-3 anti-ballistic missile system in good time. This is a descendant of the U.S.'s Arrow anti-aircraft missile, which flopped when pressed into the ABM role during the first war with Iraq.

Of course, even if it does knock down an incoming Iranian missile, that will still mean war, so... :\

1:02 PM  
Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

The U.S.'s old "Patriot" missile, I mean.

1:03 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

I suppose the answer has more to do with what exactly constitutes a "serious prospects of success"

If success, means a complete stoppage of US aggression, then No. But if it means a serious prospect of moving the US to alter its mode of operation, then why not if the opposing country legitimately sees the US as an aggressor?

4:41 AM  

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