Still Stupid

Mon 9/22/08 9:42 PM
I guess this really bugs me. These are serious issues and yet we treat them like video games. The mainstream media asks tough questions like “What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?” The Right provides fluffy feel good answers that are completely meaningless and probably ignorant like “We are friends with Israel.” The mainstream media nods and moves on to the next “tough” question. But then the partisan media comes back with the idiotic interpretation that Palin “supports the mass murder of millions of Iranians.” So what we get is: the Right blows smoke, the mainstream media blinks, the Left registers their self-righteous dissent and provides the supposed legitimacy of democratic process so that the Right can go on and do what it intended all along.

Meanwhile the serious questions go undebated and even unasked. What are the implications of this specific proposed use of tactical nuclear weapons in Iran? How many casualties could reasonably be expected? What are the environmental implications? What are the alternatives? What if something goes wrong? What about the aftermath? Should we support Israel tacitly, actively or oppose them moderately or severely? What are the legal implications for this new version of the Bush doctrine? How might that contribute or impair our choices for future diplomacy and military operations? How might that influence the choices of Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Iran?

And what really bugs me is that BOTH the Right AND the Left should be asking these questions.


~ by severalfourmany on September 22, 2008.

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