Step one: Do you make pointless juxtapositions?
Oh yes, democracy and violence. Didn't the 20th Century provide enough of that awful elixir?When democracies commit violence to stop communists and Nazis, most people don't consider it "awful". To the best of my recollection, democracies didn't fight against each other much in the 20th century. Or ever.
Step two: Do you fail to make obvious distinctions and argue using false syllogisms?
And he finishes his masterpiece post with this statement: "Basically, the only terrorists are Islamic fascists." I guess the truth is in the definition, huh? I can do one better: the only terrorists are druggies and drug runners!Yes, some terrorists sell drugs to finance their terror operations, but not all drug runners are terrorists. Drug runners commit targeted violence against their competitors and fight over territory and money. Terrorists fight for political/religious ideologies and only care about killing as many people as possible, often including themselves. The significant motivational differences serve to distinguish the two groups, and dictate different policies for dealing with each.
Step three: Do you deride people for making slightly inaccurate statements and correct them with totally false ones?
From a Catallarchy post:In 1997, foreigners held 38% of US Treasury securities, so it's ridiculous to assert that the national debt is owed only "to ourselves". However, in the late 1990s anyway, Japan was the only major Asian creditor of the United States, second in the world to the United Kingdom. Further, national debt isn't like a future tax increase, because as long as the economy keeps growing the cost of existing debt will continually shrink relative to government revenue. Further, debt incurred that actually has the effect of spurring the economy (such as Reagan's deficits in the 1980s) can be said to be the equivalent of a tax cut.The U.S. government has a very large deficit. That means it's spending more than it's collecting. That means it has to borrow from investors - both foreign and domestic. At some point this money will have to be repaid. That's the key fact. It means that any "tax cut" is really just Uncle Sam borrowing from Asia, to pay-off the electorate. Sooner or later he'll have to tax the electorate to repay those loans. It's like a delayed tax, with a much nicer name.NEWSFLASH: We owe the debt to ourselves. It's no big deal. Get over it.
Step four: Use the Civil War as an example of how "war is never the answer".
Thanks to this federal holiday as a reminder, we will never forget the loss of nearly a million fellow Americans to death and injury, including innocent non-combatants, in a war waged by Mr. Lincoln. War is never the answer.Never ever ever? Even to free an entire people from the shackles of slavery? Even to prevent millions from being gassed and turned into soap? What if the evil Americans come barging in to steal your oil or take away your slaves? Should you fight then?
Anyway, there's plenty more, but I'm losing interest.
Step five: Did you fail Reading Comprehension 101?
More on this lovely little subject: Francis Fukuyama (a Japanese Neoconservative?) writes: ". . . the chief threats to us and to world order come today from weak, collapsed, or failed states." Actually, "strong" states caused millions of deaths in the 20th Century. I'm not sure how that fact escapes Fukuyama's attention.Hence Mr. Fukuyama's use of the word "today". His entire point is that the international paradigm is changing.
Step six: Are you completely ignorant of history?
Can someone email me (or counterblog) an example of a successful "nation-building" effort? I'd like to review the empirical evidence. Thanks.Japan, Germany, and France after World War 2. You're welcome.