Commentaries

Controlling the Bomb

Nuclear proliferation can at best only be slowed down through a process of sanctions and double standards. The use of force shall serve to make other states believe that if only they had the bomb they would be safe. This way leads to catastrophe. The alternative, non-proliferation by cooperation and consent, cannot succeed as long as the United States is insistent on retaining and improving its nuclear arsenal and allowing its allies to have these weapons.
By blaming promordial hatred for the sectarian violence in Iraq, the Bush administration is ignoring the effects of the war and other decisions made by the United States during the occupation that have fueled the violence.
If the budget represents, in Joseph Schumpeter's phrase, "the skeleton of the state stripped of all misleading ideologies" then the Bush administration's current budget reflects the interests of those who would trample on the public-spirited vision of Puritan John Winthrop's image of the "city on a hill."
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