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July 24, 2005
Things To Ponder

I've started to link to this several times, but the ending always confuses me. I can empathize with the desire to be prevented from making bad choices, as my history is full of them (smoking, a car accident, that ice cream I bought yesterday), but I can't quite grasp how it's possible to feel that it's worth giving up the freedom to choose, just to be prevented from making bad choices. I regret some of my choices in life, but I don't regret choice, if you see what I mean.

But that's individual choice. Corporate or government choice should be more constrained. As artificial constructions, governments and corporations don't face the same choices, or the same rewards and penalties as the individual. In addition, the government's choices should reflect the will of The Peepul. I feel confident in saying that the majority of us would prefer that the USofA not become a despotic regime practicing indefinite detention and torture, and maintaining a body of secret police.

Over in the Moscow Times, Chris Floyd has some scathing remarks about the state of our republic.

Why did we drop the Bombs on Japan?

According to an account by Walter Brown, assistant to then-US secretary of state James Byrnes, Truman agreed at a meeting three days before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima that Japan was “looking for peace”. Truman was told by his army generals, Douglas Macarthur and Dwight Eisenhower, and his naval chief of staff, William Leahy, that there was no military need to use the bomb.

His intent was to start the Cold War?

Molly Ivins is truly hacked with the MSM. It's her job to keep up with the news and she insists we didn't "know that already" as the MSM claimed when the Downing Street Memos came to light.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:50 AM