Einstein once said words to the effect that every person at some point makes the decision wether the universe is fundamentally a hostile place or not. This decision informs all other opinions. For that reson I will never change Brian Holtzs mind on the wisdom of intervention in Iraq nor him mind. Nevertheless the debate is worthwhile for it informs and entertains the libertarians on this list, and those they influence.
Here is my favorite writer Bill Bonner in today's www.dailreckoning.com discussing the comparison between the greatest generations War and our War On TERROR.
Any comparison between the "War on Terror" and WWII must be largely
fantasy, as near as we can determine. The terrorists - whoever they are -
have no divisions at all. No tanks. No bombers. No fighter jets. No
infantry. No artillery. No country. No reserves. No staff. No discipline.
No military tradition. No armaments factories. No railroads. No stocks of
fuel. No logistics to speak of. Nor anything else that marks a modern,
Yet, apparently intelligent people are still able to say that "we are in
Here is our question: If the human brain had the excess and unknown
capacity to create the Eiffel Tour and the Empire State Building, what
other capacity did it have? Did it have the capacity for putting 2 and 2
together...and getting 13? Did it have the capacity for committing strange
and unbelievable acts of absurdity...like the War on Terror and Liars'