No doubt this is a reason to want missile defenses, considered in
isolation. But it is also a reason to be careful about everything -
in the full context where responsible nation states must act. That
means that no one can morally afford to turn away from negotiations
at the sight of the first bloody picture, or hateful sight.
Otherwise, the logic always reduces to a logic of endless fighting,
a logic of extermination.
We're much to sensitive to pictures (though there's good
in that - with pictures so much more common, war is harder to wage).
Without pictures, our minds sometimes seem almost paralyzed. In
ARMED TO EXCESS ... http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/02/opinion/02KERR.html
Bob Kerrey shows that even the most essential facts about our
nuclear deployments have been denied members of the House and
Senate. US nuclear policy has been controlled, to a decisive extent,
for decades - by a largely non-accountable group of people.
And the history involved is ugly - - - unimaginably ugly - in
terms of what the US has done, and what it has condoned, and
permitted. THREATS TO USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS: The Sixteen Known
Nuclear Crises of the Cold War, 1946-1985 by David R. Morgan http://scienceforpeace.sa.utoronto.ca/WorkingGroupsPage/NucWeaponsPage/Documents/ThreatsNucWea.html
ought to give pause to anyone who argues that we can't "negotiate
The occasional suicide bombing, ugly as it is, is not worse than
things we've done, and continue to threaten to do.
We aren't angels. I think the first few pages of Mankind's
Inhumanity to Man and Woman - As natural as human goodness? http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7b085/0
make a key point.
We have to learn to make peace. If it came naturally, we
wouldn't be in some of the messes we're in.