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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Six simple questions about Iraq
2. What exactly was the pre-war link between Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden?
3. Once again, where are these damn weapons of mass destruction?
4. Oh, now it's about spreading democracy. But didn't candidate Bush repeatedly criticize the United Nations for attempting "nation building"?
5. If the concern is WMD proliferation, why are we still building them, and why don't we get serious with nations we know for sure have them? (Pakistan comes to mind, though Israel is up there too...)
6. If we are so concerned about tyrants and undemocratic regimes, why have we been supporting scores of them in the past (including Iraq, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador...), and why aren't we attacking the mother of all undemocratic nations, China?