Imperial Fortresses

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Blessed
are the peacemakers, except those who oppose any war started by
a Republican president.

Dissing
War

On
April 7, I wrote
:

The very
fact that it’s World War II that’s continually invoked (rather
than the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the invasion of Panama,
or the War of the Roses) is an indication that World War II was
unique.

To which,  Paul Farah said:

I bet you
would have stood idly by during the War of the Roses too, and
just let the House of Hanover win over the House of Tudor. 
If people listened to folk like you, we’d all be speaking English
today! 


New TV Show

I
have a new weekly Internet TV show on the Free
Market News Network
. Each week at 6pm Eastern time a new episode
is posted on the FMNN website. Every episode is 30-45 minutes in
length, and consists of several segments, including a different
perspective on recent news items – and a guest with whom I
have a spirited, but civil, debate on a current issue of the day.


Syria & the US

My
friend, investor writer Doug Casey, travels the world – and
his reports are always fascinating. In the April issue of his
newsletter
, he talks about a recent trip to see firsthand what’s
going on in the Middle East. Before visiting Syria, he was in Dubai
– where he obtained his Syrian visa.

I
found this part of his report quite enlightening:

The Syrian
Embassy was a perfectly ordinary, if rather rundown, house in
a residential area, untroubled by security or guards – rather
unlike the American consulate, which resembles a high-rise fortress
with armed guards, metal detectors, steel doors with buzzers,
and bullet-proof glass windows, behind which lurked surly clerks
who might have been transplanted from the local DMV.

And that
was just the Consulate; the U.S. Embassy for the U.A.E. in Abu
Dubai (as well as the one in Qatar), is a massive high-tech affair,
a blockhouse-style building, a bunker really, surrounded by a
high blast-wall that leaves the whole compound looking as formidable
as any prison. Very much the template for U.S. embassies around
the world.

Not that
I’m a connoisseur of embassy design, but I know of no other country
employing such paranoid architects. It says a lot about the success
of our foreign policy that such extreme measures are required.

April
16, 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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