Friday, July 21, 2006

Tom Sowell says:

There is a reason why General Sherman said "war is hell" more than a century ago. But he helped end the Civil War with his devastating march through Georgia — not by cease fires or bowing to "world opinion," and there were no corrupt busybodies like the United Nations to demand replacing military force with diplomacy.

There was a time when it would have been suicidal to threaten, much less attack, a nation with much stronger military power because one of the dangers to the attacker would be the prospect of being annihilated.

"World opinion," the U.N., and "peace movements" have eliminated that deterrent. An aggressor today knows that if his aggression fails, he will still be protected from the full retaliatory power and fury of those he attacked because there will be hand-wringers demanding a cease fire, negotiations, and concessions.

That has been a formula for never-ending attacks on Israel in the Middle East. The disastrous track record of that approach extends to other times and places — but who looks at track records?

I have a hard time disagreeing with Thomas Sowell. I think he's the greatest genius of our age... He and Walter Williams. I'd like very much for Hans-Hermann Hoppe to be proven right by history, but I think the former two are better at dealing with the reality we find now.

The article is here.

BTW, I'm heading out to Rendezvous in Danbury, WI this weekend. If InvadeSoda wants to pick up the slack, I'd appreciate it. Otherwise, talk amongst yourselves. I'll be hanging out in the late 18th Century. I gotta go pack the pickup.

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