Saturday, December 10, 2005

Next, we ban bad people

"Utopia is a small town in upstate New York; different zip code than the criminal courts building."

-- Steven Hill as "Adam Schiff" in Law & Order

UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei declared today that the 27,000 nuclear warheads in existence worldwide are "27,000 too many" and pondered: "The hard part is how do we create an environment in which nuclear weapons -- like slavery or genocide -- are regarded as a taboo and a historical anomaly?"

Oh, I don't know, Mr. ElBaradei, pass a law against bad people? And by the way, have you visited Sudan lately?

ElBaradei and a Japanese shared this year's Nobel Peace Prize, designated by Alfred Nobel in his will in 1895 to go to whoever had done most for the "abolition of standing armies." In other words, whoever has done the most to make the world more dangerous.

In a choice bit of unintended humor, ElBaradei said the world is "nowhere near that goal" of having no standing armies.

::: crickets :::

1 comment:

El Jefe Maximo said...

Mr. ElBaradei is a special pleader, the end result of the policy he suggests: a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons, is a reduction in the status of the world's great powers, and the elevation of so-called "third world countries. This would be all the more pronounced considering the reluctance of Americans and Europeans to fund and support conventional military forces. The absence of nuclear weapons, which have permitted us to underfund conventional armies since 1945 -- would not change this.

Of course, Mr. ElBaradei understands this perfectly. The next step would be a worldwide "democratization" of wealth -- that is, a transfer of wealth, to the aforementioned poorer, but population rich, Third World.

I don't think there is much chance this will ever happen. Surely we aren't this stupid (still you never know). Mr. ElBaradei's policy would, among other things, create tremendous advantages for cheaters: any power that could keep back a few warheads from the universal disarmament orgy would enjoy a tremendous military advantage over more honest states. Nuclear weapons are only of military use when one side has them.

Even if nobody is stupid enough to agree with Mr. ElBaradei, he still gets points from all Right Thinking People because he's bashing the military advantage of "imperialist" states, and because he is for disarmament, which is "always" a good, particularly to the mush-heads who give out or who care about Nobel Peace Prizes.