I was reminded of an old punk song today: Let's Start a War.
No, former President Bush is still safe in scrubland of Texas. The thought was prompted by this little piece in the Rasmussen Reports. Rasmussen does polling on all sorts of things - and apparently 57 percent of the US public wants a military response to the attempted missile launch by North Korea.
Wow. Let's jump first to the military response, without considering other options or the real consequences of taking on a heavily militarized country. What sort of military response does the public want? Perhaps bombing? That's always popular. It seems so sanitary - to drop bombs from a safe distance and believe that pesky political problems will be eliminated neatly.
What lessons have been learned in the last eight years? Do people really think that war is the best solution to complex problems?
I am not an expert on North Korea - but I am sure that a military response carries the risk of dangerous repercussions. I'm hoping that the people deciding the response to the missile launch consider those repercussions carefully.
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