What Is True?
April 27, 2003 - A

Liberty, War & Politics

April 25, 2003 The Real Crisis by Justin Raimondo

"A strategic doctrine that put America first, and not some abstract idea, would never have left American GIs hanging in South Korea – or Japan..."

"What possible objection could any rational human being have to the U.S. signing a non-aggression pact with Pyongyang, pledging no first strike on North Korean soil?..." (1)

April 24, 2003 The lessons of Lebanon
"Let's not forget the mess the US made last time it tried 'nation building' in the Middle East." (2)

April 25, 2003 War Still A Bad Idea by Charley Reese

"If we were as smart as the Swiss and adopted a policy of armed neutrality and firmly wrote into the Constitution a prohibition against any American fighting in a war unless the United States was under attack..." (3)

War sold on false premises.

April 25, 2003 Dixie Chicks Fight On

"...But there are signs of a backlash against the backlash with sales of their CD, Home, bouncing back up in the charts last week..." (4)

April 24, 2003 One soldier's plea

About Anthony Swofford, author of "Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles,"

"...Is this what we've done? What will I tell my mother?"

"If colonialism weren't out of style, I'm sure we'd take over the entire Middle East . . .. We are here to announce that you no longer own your country, thank you for your cooperation, more details to follow." (5)

April 24, 2003 Ashcroft Rules on Immigrants' Detention

"Illegal immigrants could be held indefinitely without bond if their cases present national security concerns, under a decision by Attorney General John Ashcroft." (6)

April 25, 2003 Rule By Force Alone by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

"...Power is not a substitute for consent. Those wielding the power in every society are in the minority while those obeying are in the majority. That the majority does not overthrow the minority is the great puzzle of political philosophy, addressed most famously by Étienne de la Boétie..." (7)

The Dark Night of the American Soul by Joseph R. Stromberg

"As Lawton writes: “To still any nagging doubts they had to build up their Dream, to idealize still more the wonder of the Union, to bring God more and more into it, to exaggerate all national virtues and minimize the realities that marked their failures. This has gone on increasingly since 1861, and each of our wars has speeded up the process.” " (8)

August 1991 Exhume! Exhume! Or, Who Put the Arsenic in Rough-n-Ready's Cherries? by Murray N. Rothbard
The mysterious deaths of American presidents. (9)

WorldNetDaily, April 23, 2003 Crown jewel of American empire by Patrick J. Buchanan

"We've taken up the white man's burden
Of ebony and brown; Now will you kindly tell us, Rudyard,
How we may put it down? "

WorldNetDaily April 23, 2003 Collectivist calculations by Ilana Mercer

Orange County Register April 20, 2003 Will democracy fly? by Steven Greenhut

Washington Post April 24, 2003 Unelected Mayor [of Kut] Rallies Supporters Against Marines

April 9, 2003 Gun Rights vs. Centralization by Rep. Ron Paul, MD

"HR 1036 shifts the focus away from criminals and their responsibility for their actions. It adds to the cult of irresponsibility that government unfortunately so often promotes. This further erodes the ethics of individual responsibility for one's own actions that must form the basis of a free and moral society...."
But opposes the bill because:
"Expanding that government in any way, no matter how just the cause may seem, is not in the interests of gun owners or lovers of liberty."

Insight April 23, 2003 Will pre-emptive war, such as in Iraq, make the United States safer in the long term? by Paul Craig Roberts

"Pre-emptive war is the foreign-policy version of Jeremy Bentham's proposal pre-emptively to arrest citizens who might commit crimes in the future... How would such citizens be identified? The same way that we "know" which countries are going to attack us in the future: by assumption, probability, speculation and bad information, such as the forged nuclear documents offered as proof that Iraq has a nuclear-weapons program."

"Arresting people before they commit crimes is a violation of mens rea - the principle that there can be no crime without intent - and a violation of actus rea - the principle that a criminal act must occur before an arrest can take place. These principles are foundations of Anglo-American law..."


[1] http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j042503.html

[2] http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,942406,00.html
The Guardian, April 24, 2003, The lessons of Lebanon by Charles Glass

[3] http://reese.king-online.com/Reese_20030425/index.php

[4] http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,943200,00.html
The Guardian, April 25, 2003, 'Dixie sluts' fight on with naked defiance, by Duncan Campbell

[5] http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/04/24/ED80848.DTL
San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 2003, One soldier's plea by Ruth Rosen

[6] http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=

Yahoo! News, Apr 24, 2003, Ashcroft Rules on Immigrants' Detention By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer

[7] http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/rule-by-force.html

[8] http://www.lewrockwell.com/stromberg/stromberg53.html

[9] http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/ir/Ch47.html
From "The Irrepressible Rothbard", Essays of Murray N. Rothbard, Edited by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.