Guns of August in the Middle East?

Cato Institute
by Stanley Kober

05/12/10

The 20th century was a century of war. In August 1914, the peace of Europe was shattered. The United States, which had remained apart from major foreign wars for a century, was drawn in. Tragically, the United States has been at war many times since then: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not something Americans a century ago would have expected when they thought World War I would be the ‘war to end all wars.’ The 21st century, unfortunately, does not look any better. Having inherited two wars, President Obama is trying to extricate America from one war in Iraq to concentrate on another in Afghanistan. But a third war is looming: Iran...

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An alarming sign

Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

05/13/10

I cringe when I hear the words ‘thank you for your service.’ I’m sure that many people in military uniform joined out of a sincere, albeit misguided, belief that that the wars they were fighting were in some sense to defend American lives and freedom. But it’s utterly nonsensical. Every time I hear someone say the troops in Iraq are ‘fighting for your right’ to do this or that, or ‘fighting for our freedom,’ I have to restrain myself from going ballistic. Gary Trudeau even (even?) got into the act. In a recent Doonesbury strip, the wounded Iraq vet kid with the stutter told one of the open-carry people at Starbucks ‘I spent two years behind an M-60 defending your right to be a moron about guns.’ No kidding? How exactly would those guys’ rights to pack heat at Starbucks have been threatened if Bush hadn’t invaded Iraq?

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