Dennis Kucinich thinks that the path to lowering use of controlled substances is
to legalize them. He claims that the present drug war causes many evils such as:
recruiting many distributors lured by high profits, extensive violence to
protect this lucrative and competitive black market trade, racial profiling and
erosion of privacy rights. See www.kucinich.us/issues/drugwar.php
About the war on terrorism/Iraq, many like Daniel Akaka have voted and argued
that Iraq makes the United States more vulnerable by creating a negative media
environment giving Al Qaeda enhanced recruiting potential and distancing any
“friends” we had in the region.
About the Hezbollah war on Israel, on July 20, 2006 Neil Abercrombie voted
against House Resolution 921 which supports Israeli’s military action against
the barrage of Katyusha rockets.
All of these stances similarly support the “do nothing and everyone will be
nice” theory of confronting evil. On the contrary, a review of history shows
that doing nothing results in unconstrained wickedness: 11 Israeli athletes
killed at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, 400,000 killed in Darfur, 800,000 killed
in Rwanda, two to three million killed in Cambodia under Pol Pot, estimates
range between 19.5 and 77 million killed in the cultural revolution under
chairman Mao, 6 million Jews killed in Germany under Hitler. A better theory is,
“Evil people prosper when the righteous do nothing.”
Two conversations I had further illustrate this theory about unrestrained
evil. In about 1984 I had a conversation with a Cambodia woman who described how
Pol Pot would “purge” those who polluted his perfect world: A spike at the end
of a rope would be driven through the hands of about 20 people. This string of
people would be led out of their village to a remote place where each person
would be smashed in the head with a hammer. In about 1992 I had a conversation
with a fellow soldier who had served in Operation Provide Comfort. The Iraqi
army would clear out mine fields by having Kurdish orphans run across them. My
friend’s job was to pick up the pieces of those children who were still alive.
The 1985 torture death of DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in Mexico
and the 2003 suicide bomb attack of Hanadi Tayseer Jaradat killing 19 people,
four of them children, show a similar pattern of unconstrained violence.
The bottom line is that this world has bad people who want to be in control
of money, other people, entire countries or, from some twisted ideology, the
entire world. Their conscience is hardened and they do not mind killing one,
hundreds, thousands, millions, or future billions to achieve their goals. In
other words, Kucinich, Akaka and Abercrombie are naďve about how evil people can
be, and doing nothing but smoking a joint will encourage more violence, not
curtail it. Past generations have failed miserably in resisting evil. Now our
generation is being tested. How will we respond? I hope we choose to take action
against evil of all kinds, whether despotic dictators, international terror
organizations, or international drug cartels.
Mark Beatty MA, THM, PHD, MBA, JD is the Republican candidate for the US
Senate in Hawaii (www.electmarkbeatty.com)
For Mark’s other articles see www.bestideashawaii.com.