No Way to Run A Superpower

by | Feb 22, 2003

I don’t feel safer because the United States government has issued a High Alert. I would feel safer if: The United States acted in its own interest and stopped apologizing for it. For example: if Iraq is a threat to us — then attack Iraq. Don’t announce it ahead of time. And for reason’s sake […]

I don’t feel safer because the United States government has issued a High Alert.

I would feel safer if:

The United States acted in its own interest and stopped apologizing for it. For example: if Iraq is a threat to us — then attack Iraq. Don’t announce it ahead of time. And for reason’s sake don’t tell the whole world three-thousand times that “We are going to attack Iraq — we mean it this time!” It makes a laughing stock of our principles, it turns lukewarm allies into adversaries, and it makes our enemies feel even more empowered to attack us.

This is no way to run a superpower.

Behind-covering bureaucrats want to be able to say, “We warned you!” in the event of a future attack. They don’t want to take the heat, but they still want to remain in the kitchen. This is why we have all these ridiculous purple, pink, yellow and orange alerts. They serve no purpose for the public, other than to make people more anxious than they otherwise would be.

There is, in fact, no way to stop terrorists directly. They operate in secret and they are more than happy to commit suicide in the process of executing their evil plans. The only way to fight terrorism is to go after the states who organize, sponsor and endorse terrorism. In the quest to destroy these states, nothing should be off the table — not even the use of nuclear weapons. We are past the point of no return when it comes to world peace. The world is already at war; the opening shot was on 9/11/01. The only way to win is to eliminate each and every government with any remote connection to terror. Iraq certainly qualifies. (If you still doubt this contention, I urge you to read “Saddam’s Bombmaker” by Khidhir Hamza, the Iraqi scientist who designed Saddam’s atomic bomb and defected before he was forced to finish. According to Dr. Hamza, Saddam Hussein plans to drop a nuclear bomb unannounced on Israel as soon as he possesses the capability).

Face facts, America. We’re not at peace and never will be at peace until every nation on earth is at least something close to a democratic republic. Consider Iraq a mere prelude. You can scream that we have no right to impose freedom on people who don’t want it. I would reply that I have no desire to waste my time imposing freedom on people who don’t want it. But I also contend that we have every right to defend ourselves: our very right to exist. The time has arrived — and is rapidly passing — to defend our lives.

If you think we shouldn’t waste our time in Iraq I can only reply: Iraq is only the beginning. If you value your safety, freedom and life on earth you’d better start accepting this fact.

Dr. Michael Hurd is a psychotherapist, columnist and author of "Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference)" and "Grow Up America!" Visit his website at: www.DrHurd.com.

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