Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The War In Iraq: An Allegory


Miserable Failure
The war is an unwinnable exercise in imperialistic hubris

In 1971 President Richard M. Nixon prevailed upon Congress to pass the National Cancer Act, effectively declaring war on a leading cause of death in the U.S. The goal of the National Cancer Act was to discover a cure by the year 1981, a notion that today seems almost as naïve and dated as the disco outfits we were all still wearing back then. In his declaration of war on cancer Nixon pledged that, “The same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease.”

Thirty-five years and untold billions in research spending later Nixon’s war has yielded precious little progress in defeating — or even containing — the Big C. It’s time to cut our losses and pull the plug on this unwinnable exercise in imperialistic hubris. It’s time to face the fact that the war on cancer is over, and that cancer has won......

Reason stands no chance against the die-hard antiwar crowd, maybe satire will do the trick.


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