Sunday, December 05, 2004

The single most effective way to fight terrorism

GET OFF OIL! If we get off oil, then we:

1. deprive the corrupt regimes of the Middle East of the money they need to stave off reform, money they and their subjects sometimes use to aid terrorism.

2. end the presumed need for our soldiers to be in Muslim countries with oil reserves, countries whose citizens resent us deeply for our interference. (In fact, when it comes to oil, our presence in the Middle East has made it harder, not easier for us to get it.)

Thomas Friedman has a piece which speaks to this quite well in the context of criticizing the Congress for reducing funding for the National Science Foundation. A big part of getting off oil will be to help scientists and engineers come up with solutions for conservation and alternative energy. But, then that seems too straightforward for this administration.

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