“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.”
― Milton Friedman

“Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Head is flat

The title above refers to one Thomas L. Freidman, who has recently written a novel length yawner entitled The World Is Flat, wherein he reveals that communications technologies are opening new opportunities, that China is a rising economic power and that India is investing in technology.

Mr. Freidman's day job is writing OpEds for the New York Times. You can find him here, but I warn you in advance that the Times wants you to pay for the privilege of actually reading his work. I suggest you settle for merely basking in the glow of his countenance on the soul sucker registration page.

I am allergic to the NYT but, courtesy of a friend of stouter constitution, I can give you a peek into the foreign policy regions of Mr.
Freidman's gray matter - or maybe that should be the gray regions constituting Freidman's foreign policy natters. Whatever.

In a recent column he reveals some of his own thinking ("his own", since nothing in The World is Flat could have been described as original even 10 years ago).

In an April 19th NYT OpEd, Mr. Freidman presented his arguments on the issue of Iran's immam-inent nuclearization:
Iraq II or a Nuclear Iran?

If these are our only choices, which would you rather have: a nuclear-armed Iran or an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites that is carried out and sold to the world by the Bush national security team, with Don Rumsfeld at the Pentagon’s helm?

I’d rather live with a nuclear Iran.
Left entirely unexplored are the options of UN intervention, European Union diplomacy, and what might happen to small spheres of ice being air-dropped by pigs into the Inner Ring of the Seventh Circle.

Here is an example of what Mr. Freidman's preference entails.

H/T P.M.

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