Monday, August 23, 2004

Interesting lessons from Varifrank

The whole thing here-- just about the best analogy I have read in a good while-- about WMD, madmen, and the Manhattan Project:

http://varifrank.typepad.com/varifrank/2004/08/a_little_trip_i.html

I found it interesting...especially the lessons at the end

What did you learn from your visit to the past?

Even the worlds smartest people can make mistakes. BIG Mistakes.

Doing nothing in the face of an obvious threat only increases the theat.

Maintaining a democracy is hard. Just being a Democracy is no guarantee of success against tyranny.

Treaties with madman are not just a "waste of time", they can actually help get you killed.

Human Beings are capable of enormous evil.

Allies arent all they are cracked up to be.

The only time you can be absolutely sure your enemies have a WMD, is when its used against you.

We could have lost WWII, if the people in America hadn't first been convinced of the necessity to fight it.

Until the Japanese attacked, it wasnt entirely clear that they would be convinced to fight.

The job of President is not a place for men of nuance.



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