Re: Anthrax addendum.

From: Alex F. Bokov (
Date: Mon Oct 15 2001 - 17:18:39 MDT


On Mon, 15 Oct 2001, J. R. Molloy wrote:

> We can't all make rational choices because we're not all rational.
> If everyone were rational, we would all agree on how to conduct this kind of
> business, or we'd simply put it to a vote. Entangling alliances are a
> nuisance, but that's what we pay politicians to handle. You say oil companies

What if we don't pay politicians anymore AND have no more entangling

> have to pay the price of dealing with sultans who nationalize, and I say the
> sultans should live up to their contracts or the sultans will have to pay the
> price of their dishonesty and aggression, and that price is reflected in the
> cost of US economic security, so everyone who wants to can join the modern

Granted, but as a tax payer I'm forced to foot part of this cost
regardless of how many petroleum products I actually consume. Perhaps
companies should contract for their own defense (or better,
arbitration), with the US government if they wish, but why pay tax $$$
for this?

> civilized world, despite despotic sultans and religious fanatics who try to
> subvert and sabotage the free world. The bottom line is, it really doesn't
> matter why fanatics hate the West, because Western civilization is more
> resilient and robust than the hatred of fanatics, and we'll prevail no matter
> what sick and wrong and ugly schemes they try.

As a thought experiment, what if we just stopped having a foreign
policy for a decade or so? No foreign aid, no interventions,
withdrawing all our military personnel and equipment into the confines
of our borders?

- --
* I believe that the majority of the world's Muslims are good, *
* honorable people. If you are a Muslim and want to reassure me and *
* others that you are part of this good, honorable majority, all *
* you need to say are nine simple words: "I OPPOSE the Wahhabi cult *
* and its Jihad." *

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