Originally published on October 2, 2001. All the more relevant today. — Editor
By Leonard Piekoff – Re-Blogged From http://capitalismmagazine.com
Fifty years of increasing American appeasement in the Mideast have led to fifty years of increasing contempt in the Muslim world for the U.S. The climax was September 11, 2001.
Fifty years ago, Truman and Eisenhower surrendered the West’s property rights in oil, although that oil rightfully belonged to those in the West whose science, technology, and capital made its discovery and use possible. The first country to nationalize Western oil, in 1951, was Iran. The rest, observing our frightened silence, hurried to grab their piece of the newly available loot.
By John Stossel – Re-Blogged From http://www.Reason.com
This Halloween, what do you fear?
I fear fear itself because when we are afraid, we willingly give away our freedoms.
Global warning? More power to the EPA!
9/11? Vote 100 to 0 to create a TSA!
Kids don’t learn? Common Core!
Crime up? Spend on police! (Or for leftists: increase welfare!)
Ebola? More money and power for public health programs!
Government thrives on our fears. When we’re scared, politicians are always there, promising to protect us if we just give them more money and power. We usually do.
Few activities have as far reaching economic impact as war. And, while war can be carried out in several ways, few can be more devastating to the well being of a people as terrorism. This post will explore terrorism, and so I apologize in advance for the downbeat tone.
In today’s world, acts of terrorism are spread so widely, that it is possible for the various acts to be either
- completely separate,
- several pockets of individual groups’ attacks, or
- largely instigated by a single central authority or philosophy.
While most people would consider terrorism as being made up only of violent, planned activity, this need not be the case.