Barger for US Senate

Official campaign website of Al Barger, 2004 Indiana Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate

"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows that the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?" - James Madison, Federalist #62

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Why do they hate us?

Our most critical national concern today is terrorism. There are people trying to kill us, and working towards leveraging their killing power with WMDs.

An obvious key question in this is why do they hate us? The answers to this question are important in formulating our responses. Can we soothe their anger? Is there some way to make nice? Do we just have to lay waste to some people and blast them into submission?

Those are the most practical issues, but there are also moral issues. To what extent if any have we brought this on ourselves?

I've got an ongoing discussion on some of this on Todd Yarling's blog. As one of my bestest college buddies and a staunch libertarian, it's not surprising that he's supporting my candidacy. However, he takes a signficantly different view of just some of these foreign policy issues - and he's not afraid to take me to task. Short version, I (reluctantly) supported the Iraq war and a fairly hawkish response to Muslim/Arab extremists, and he opposed the war.

Anyway, we've got a discussion on these matter ongoing. CLICK HERE to join in.

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