Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Creationism, CAFTA and the Bomb

This is going way too far. President Bush agrees with other conservative Christians about teaching Creationism (also known as Intelligent Design) in public schools. So much for the separation of church & state. Actually Bush already broke the Constitution during the very first months of his presidency by initiating faith-based programs (religious organizations will receive federal funding) to help the weak. I'm okay with the President being a Christian in his private life but using his political influence to pursue religious goals should be out of the question. The Founding Fathers would be ashamed.,2933,164446,00.html

There are also some good news. CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement) has finally been signed by the President: "The signing ceremony Tuesday in the East Room of the White House comes after the administration last week eked out a 217-215 vote in the House".
Removing trade barriers and liberalizing economies is the key to economic success. Those in favor of protectionism and tariffs should note the simple fact that only open economies have succeeded in reducing poverty and distributing wealth and material goods. Those Asian & African countries with open economies have succeeded far better than protectionist countries from the same regions. Anti-globalization clowns just never get it. The sad part is that they have never had any evidence to support their claims and never will have. I won't hesitate to recommend this book to everyone interested in globalization: In Defense of Global Capitalism.,2933,164454,00.html

The 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing is approaching and many still believe that dropping the big bomb was a bad thing to do. This article - Why Truman Dropped the Bomb - from The Weekly Standard is worth taking a look at and takes a very close look at the events and rumours surrounding the summer of 1945. It has been written by Richard B. Frank who also wrote Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire. The bomb didn't only save lives but also secured a democratic & free future for Japan.



Anonymous p-g, passing by said...

Whether the two a-bombs were necessary to end the war is still very much under debate. Eisenhower and several key members of Truman's administration, for example, didn't think so. Even if you contend that it was, one could still easily argue:

1. that the Soviets simultaneously joining the war was a more important factor in forcing the Japanese to surrender.

2. that the main purpose of the Hiroshima bomb, at least, was a careful study of its effects. It was brand-new technology. Hiroshima was not bombed in the previous months - when all other major Japanese cities were - because the Americans needed a virgin testing ground. A lab experiment, if you will, on some 150,000 mice. It may have helped that these mice were not white.

August 05, 2005 7:50 PM  
Blogger james82 said...

Here's an ID article worth reading,

Dropping the atomic bombs saved lives, and saved Japan from being split up into a north and south Japan, and the accompanying problems that entialed a al Korea and South Vietnam where communists started two wars. The bombs would've been dropped on caucasian Germany if needed to save lives in Europe, but Germany capitulated before the bombs were operational. Thank God Hitler, Japan, or the Soviet Union didn't develop the weapon first!

August 07, 2005 7:28 PM  
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Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

2. that the main purpose of the Hiroshima bomb, at least, was a careful study of its effects.

This claim is based on pure speculations and therefore has no real value. You could as well claim that Truman did it just to save Japanese civilians.

Also - don't forget the Chinese. Chinese civilians & pows were slaughtered in millions and dropping the bomb putted a stop to that.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to be clear, Creationism and Intelligent Design are two very different things.

August 12, 2005 5:02 AM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

Creationism and Intelligent Design are two very different things.

It's the same thing in a different disguise. And the only ones who actually believe that they're very different are either Creationist-advocates or pseudo-scientists.

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