Guns aren’t necessary

Except for hunting and warfare, guns aren’t necessary. Self-defense can be accomplished by non-lethal means. The old standby argument that citizens need to be armed against their own government is a hoary chestnut. It is scare-mongering by the extreme Right at its worst. If people don’t like their government, they can change it by refusing to obey, as people did in the USSR, Egypt and other non-violent revolutions in Eastern Europe. We don’t need 300 million weapons in private hands in the US. The most heavily weaponized country in the world on a per capita basis is Yemen. And Yemen is certainly not a role model for the US.

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Muslim brotherhood

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Wellesley College)

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Wellesley College) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Muslim brotherhood party in Egypt won the most recent election, but not all Egyptians support the Muslim brotherhood. Some of those opposed to the Muslim brotherhood displayed their anger with the US by pelting Hillary Clinton‘s vehicle with tomatoes and shoes on her recent visit to Alexandria. When interviewed, some of crowd explained that they thought the US government was in league with the Muslim brotherhood. They claimed that they got their information from US websites. See guys, your thoughtless conspiracy theories do have consequences. Think next time before you make your false charges. The next attack could be on one of your loved ones visiting tourist attractions in Egypt.

We support democracy

I am a Muslim not a Commodity

I am a Muslim not a Commodity (Photo credit: Edge of Space)

We support democracy when the person or party we support wins the most votes. Our support for democracy wavers when the person or party we support does not win the election. At a time when the Muslim Brotherhood Party in Egypt had the most seats in Parliament and is winning the most recent election, fears of the Muslim Brotherhood both in Egypt and in the US are causing concern in both countries. I’d like to remind the worriers that the responsibilities of governing usually lead to the quick maturation of the ruling party. Let’s let the winners govern and watch their progress.

Torture

Torture Museum

Torture Museum (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Does torture work, does it produce actionable information? Some experts contend that it does, some say it does not. Those who say it does not work contend that better information can be obtained by kindness than by torture and pain. Who should we believe?

I think that most of us would trust the answer from the group of experts that supports our preconceived ideas. Certainly I have no desire to torture nor would I want to be tortured. Only a few Americans, that I am aware of, have been tortured. John McCain is one such person, and he opposes torture.

In the final analysis, I believe that it boils down to how we want to be identified as a nation. Do we want to be on a list of those who don’t torture, or do we want to be on the list of history’s villains who did torture: like Saddam’s Iraq,  Stalin’s USSR, Hitler’s Germany, Mubarak‘s Egypt, Mao’s China, Zia’s Pakistan, the Spanish Inquisition and so forth. It does come down to morality in the end. And is the US an exceptional nation or are we not?