Monday, September 23, 2002

THE FAILURE OF IMAGINATION

Benjamin Netanyahu, fresh from actual
incidences of suppression of debate, has a featured editorial in the Wall Street Journal.
Sept. 11 alerted most Americans to the grave dangers that are now facing our world. Most Americans understand that had al Qaeda possessed an atomic device last September, the city of New York would not exist today. They realize that last week we could have grieved not for thousands of dead, but for millions.
But for others around the world, the power of imagination is apparently not so acute. It appears that these people will have to once again see the unimaginable materialize in front of their eyes before they are willing to do what must be done. For how else can one explain opposition to President Bush's plan to dismantle Saddam Hussein's regime?

This issue of the power of imagination is central to the debate on the war. Anti-war campaigners have to ask themselves: is US unilateral action preferable to an atomic attack on a US city. They might also like to nominate which city they are prepared to sacrifice.

The anti-war crew needs to answer questions before the potential victims. If you had known al Qaeda had a nuclear weapon they were planning to bring to the US, would you require UN approval before striking?

Thanks to Mike at Cold Fury for the tip.

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