Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gun Control and Peace on Earth in One Easy Lesson

One of the biggest mistakes of the Clinton administration was the embargo on the sale of arms to warring parties in Bosnia.

Bosnia Herzegovina in the late eighties did not lend itself easily to a neat map with interlocking pieces. In many parts of Bosnia, the various ethnic groups were mixed together, much as are Hatians and American Blacks or Poles and Italians in America. Intermarriage was high. Bosnian Islam was (and usually still is) a very relaxed form of observance in which liquor not infrequently found a place. Only ethnic cleansing made establishing borders between Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Muslims possible.

Arms embargoes gave the Serbs a disproportionate advantage. Croats had Croatia arming them and the Bosnians only had the Muslim world to turn to for arms. The disparity in arms emboldened aggressors.

In retrospect, it would have been far preferable to allow unrestricted arms sales to all parties, none of whom had any particular edge in the sanity department. Had there been a stalemate in arms among the combatants and a sufficient level of fear on all sides, it is quite possible that outside intervention would have consisted not in sending in ground troops but in negotiating local arms reduction.

There are states that have normal gun laws. New York is not one of them. A normal gun law would permit a firearm to anyone who is not a nut job or a felon. This is an excellent law to implement as foreign policy. Ahmadinejad is a nut job and a felon. If Obama invites him to dinner, he should get plastic cutlery. Someone should light his cigarette if he wants to smoke, and hand him a flame retardent cardboard ashtray.Nuclear weapons? Fuhgeddaboutit. Give the man some Thorazine.

The communist world has privatised state industries. We should take it a step further. Let’s privatise foreign policy. Let the arms dealers have a free hand in arming everyone who wants to fight. Get everyone armed to the teeth. Whoever has money can walk out with some groovy weapons. No money? No problem. Send them some of those credit cards that America maxed out on. (Don’t get mud on that gun son, I still own it.)

Click here to read the rest of my article on The American Sentinel

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