Wednesday, January 10, 2007
"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" (Bob Dylan)
Last weekend, the forecast for Monday was partly cloudy and cold, with 20 mile per hour winds. That forecast was exactly correct, because they have computer models based on meteorological science.
On Monday, I was standing outside with the wind freezing my ass off, and I thought to myself, if they can do that for the weather, why couldn’t they do it with war? We have plenty of historical, sociological, cultural, and psychological data that could accurately predict, for example, what would happen in a situation like Iraq if there weren’t enough troops in the beginning, and no exit strategy, or if there were an escalation of 20 to 40 thousand additional troops 4 years into the occupation. Waging and preventing war is a science, and the Department of Peace proposed by Dennis Kucinich should include a group of scientists, historians, and military experts, who take all the data, work with computer software designers, produce software that introduces various scenarios, put it into computers, analyze the data, and come up with a scientific predictions that must be taken seriously by the executive branch of government.
George W. Bush is not a scientist. He distrusts science. He also can’t be bothered with diplomatic solutions. He is a spiteful loser who wants to colonize sovereign nations though war and chaos in order to steal natural resources for his corporate buddies. In 2003, I saw the protesters out there in the streets with their “no blood for oil” signs. I thought it was just a conspiracy theory, and I didn’t think our country would sink that low. Besides, there was no evidence to lead us to that conclusion. Now there is. As the number of US soldiers killed since the invasion rises past the 3,000 mark, and Bush gambles on sending in up to 30,000 more troops, The British Independent on Sunday has learnt that the weakened Iraqi government is about to push through a law giving Western oil companies the right to exploit the country's massive oil reserves for the next thirty years. Great…there’s a 30-year commitment for US troops to protect the oil companies. Now I know why they are building permanent bases there that are as big as the Vatican.
It doesn’t take a computer to predict that if Bush’s foreign policy were introduced into prediction software, the computer would likely spit out pre-emptive nuclear strikes, perpetual world war and terror.