The Nuclear Danger

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During
the past three years, as George Bush has been scaring us with the
thought that states such as Iraq, Iran, or North Korea might be
acquiring nuclear weapons, I couldn’t help but wonder what the fuss
was all about. Even if it had been proven before the current war
that Iraq did have nuclear weapons, I still would have opposed
the war. It simply is not America’s role to rule the world and enforce
the wishes of the President of the United States.

And if the U.S. government would pay more attention to finding ways
to defend America, and less attention to other people’s
business, we probably wouldn’t have to worry what weapons any
nation possesses.

I’ve wondered as well why no one on television has bothered to point
out that the biggest stockpiler of nuclear weapons has been America
itself. Finally, however, we have a very good article summarizing
the hypocrisy in America’s position on WMDs. It is
an editorial
in the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald.
The article also deals with the dangers presented by Israel’s
nuclear weapons program.

George Bush has been hammering home the point that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty, which Iran is a signatory to, prohibits Iran from developing
nuclear weapons. But that same treaty requires the United States
(and other nuclear powers) to reduce their nuclear stockpiles.
The U.S. has steadfastly refused to obey the treaty – and, in fact,
is developing new nuclear weapons.

But then consistency and integrity have never been George Bush’s
strong points.

Iranian
Oil

Whenever
the Iranians protest that their nuclear program is solely for the
production of nuclear energy, and not nuclear weapons, someone on
TV is sure to scoff that the Iranians produce far more oil than
the country can use. So what do they need with nuclear energy?

Well, let’s see. General Motors produces far more cars than its
officers, shareholders, and employees can drive. So why does it
produce so many cars? Because it can sell them on the open market
and put money in the pockets of all those officers, shareholders,
and employees.

In the same way, if Iran can utilize nuclear energy for its own
electricity needs, it will have more oil to sell in the world market
– putting more money in the pockets of all those Mullahs, Imams,
and other assorted Persians.

Book
Woes

During
the past couple of years I have several times committed an author’s
#1 faux pas: I have mentioned publicly that I’m in the process
of writing a book called The War Racket – cataloging
the lies and promises the U.S. government has told over the past
century to drag us into war after war after war.

Thus I administered to myself the Kiss of Death – meaning that by
announcing a forthcoming book I jinxed myself and so, needless to
say, the project has been derailed. I started with World War I,
amassed a great deal of research, and then wrote that "chapter."
It turned out to be more than half the length of a manageable book.
I’m currently working on World War II, which promises to be equally
as long.

Publication of the book has been delayed not just by the overwhelming
amount of material I’ve amassed – all of which I find to be intensely
interesting – but also by the fact that I’ve been sidetracked into
some very exciting new projects, which I’ll be in a position to
announce in the near future. (I’ve learned my lesson about announcing
things in advance.)

Since
several people have written to me over the past few months to inquire
about the progress of The War Racket, I thought I’d better
mention here that the current projected year of publication is 2022.

March
12, 2005

Harry Browne [send
him mail
], the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

Harry
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