since Iraq invaded Kuwait last August, the Bush administration has of course
devised various contingency plans with which to respond to Saddam Hussein's
madness. One of the most troubling possibilities has always been: Suppose under
the pressure of economic sanctions, Saddam actually backs down and raises the
olive branch? Should he nevertheless be destroyed or should he perhaps be
rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for removing the threat of war? Of course,
when a common thug removes his knife from the victim's throat, the police don't
applaud him. They take him to jail.
what about Mikhail Gorbachev and why did he receive the Nobel Peace Prize? For
losing the Cold War and being forced to be a good guy? This guy can't lose for
winning. If America had backed down during the Cold War, the Soviets would have
walked all over the U.S. We would be living under Communism by now, giving all
of our paychecks to the I.R.S. instead of ever-increasing chunks. Ronald Reagan
broke the Soviets' economic back with the arms race and now he's maligned
while Gorbachev comes up a winner.
know we are living in a crazy world but this is ridiculous. A policy of
honoring tyrants sets a dangerous precedent. Why? Because tyrants learn that
with a malleable press on their side and socialists in strategic places (i.e.,
in charge of awarding prizes) tyranny works both ways and every surrender is
rewarded with world acclaim while every triumph is rewarded with renewed power.
Virtually everyone in the know acknowledges that Gorbachev did only what he
absolutely had to for his own survival whether it was throwing dissidents into
prison or standing back later while the Berlin Wall came down.
an odious thought: Could Gorbachev secretly be coaching Saddam in the dastardly
art of winning through intimidation Since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the Soviet
have shared their intelligence in Iraq, sign new military contracts and trained
Iraqi officers inside the Soviet Union at the same time making public
expressions of agreement with Bush's hard line against Iraq.
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