Saturday, September 08, 2007

Neo-Con Nonsense

I've never liked Ben Shapiro, but I had to laugh when I read this:

Ahmadinejad may be a kook, but he's no dummy. He has only one assurance that the United States will turn a blind eye to his nuclear weapons program: The assurance that the American anti-war left will stop any prospective military action cold...

The anti-war left swallows Ahmadinejad's Hussein-lite strategy hook, line and sinker. Justin Raimondo of writes, "The Iranian nuclear program is contracting, not expanding, and furthermore Tehran has agreed to a timetable for making their entire program transparent, and bringing it within the parameters established by the IAEA." Of course, this deliberately misreads the available information. Tehran claims that it is complying with international standards by slowing its production of centrifuges; still, they have produced hundreds of new centrifuges since May. As for agreements regarding weapons production and U.N. inspections – well, that clearly worked to everyone's satisfaction in North Korea.

For the record, Justin Raimondo is a libertarian. And while we liberty-lovers don't mind being called liberals since those who typically bear the moniker are anything but, it is not in the classic sense that the young Mr. Shapiro used the term. But to call a libertarian a liberal is to demonstrate that one knows nothing about politics. We're not seriously pretending that Ron Paul has anything in common with, say, Hillary Clinton are we?

Tangentially, one wonders why we're so uppity over everyone else having nukes. We're the only country who used them, and we did so immorally. Then again, any use of nuclear weapons is immoral, which begs the question of why we have them in the first place.

Sometimes I feel bad for the neo-cons. It can't be easy to argue on behalf of a philosophy which neither makes sense nor is vaguely consistent. But then I remember that they have blood on their hands, and pity drops like collateral damage.

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