Re: If we do get Afghanistan, what shall we do with it?

Date: Sat Nov 24 2001 - 19:34:06 MST

In a message dated 11/23/01 12:48:58 PM, writes:

>This goes against what I wrote above, but I have to wonder what
>the world would be like today if the US hadn't also immediately
>a-bombed the Soviet Union into submission, thus freeing Eastern
>Europe, ending communism and empire in the USSR/Russia, and possibly
>averting 50 years of communism in China and 45 years of cold war
>(at least the cold war that we experienced).

(I assume you mean if it *had* - it actually didn't, of course)
At least with the benefit of hindsight I'd say that our killing the
requisite tens of millions of Russian soldiers and civilians would
have been an inescusable atrocity. We're not talking one of those
"kill six people to stop the Holocaust" moral dilemmas. Hitler
killed tens of millions of Russians and captured/destroyed the
majority of its prewar industry and army and that *still* wasn't

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