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A question and an answer
By Dan Donatelli

Should we invade Iraq?

As a political analyst coming from a school of thought that has only once been considered by the leaders of any country that ever existed (the school that says individuals should be protected from their government), I’d say that the issue is not whether Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, but whether he plans on using them.

It is my opinion that anybody who uses force in any way - save retaliation - has revoked what makes him/her human and should be incapacitated.

But this situation needs to be looked at more clearly. What I mean is: to be perfectly honest and objective, it’s not as if American nukes are Weapons of Mass Happiness, it’s just that we know they will never be used as a means to any political end besides defense.

A nuclear bomb is only immoral twice in its existence: 1. When it was first conceptualized as the means to a political end, and, 2. When it is set into motion as an act of unprovoked aggression. At all other times in its existence, a nuclear bomb, or a conventional bomb, or a gun, or a knife, or a board with a nail in it, is simply a metaphysically given object that humans created. The immorality lies not in the object but in man’s use.

The conflict at the heart of this mess is not whether one already known evil man should have access to nuclear and biological weapons; rather, it is a question of morality.

American pragmatic morality at the end of the Gulf War allowed Saddam Hussein to stay in power with a sternly worded warning and the threat of being under the watchful eye of the United Nations. That is to say, rewritten with parenthetical asides: The pragmatic morality (the refusal to objectively declare what is good and what is evil with respect to human relations) of American foreign policy at the end of the Gulf war allowed Saddam Hussein (a known aggressor, supporter of anti-Americanism, gasser of his own people, supporter of anti-Semitic Islamic jihad attacks against Israel and advocate of state-run press) to stay in power (that is to say, got away with invading a country while being left in the driver’s seat to learn what he did wrong and how to accumulate more and nuclear power) with a strongly worded warning and the probation of being under the watchful eye of the (profoundly useless and hypocritical) United Nations.

The man should have been killed or exiled ten years ago. The fact that we allowed him to stay in power is just a small shred of evidence of the overwhelming size of America’s hubris and ignorance of morality. It is my contention that anybody who instates unprovoked aggression should be killed or exiled; there are no gray-areas in the matter. Morality, to me, is black and white. Any action undertaken can be broken down into basic abstractions and concepts. Violence is the abandonment of reason, and reason is man’s primary tool for survival; therefore, abandoning reason is abandoning man’s nature, is destructive to mankind and is thus immoral. There are no gray-areas in that line of thinking. Morality, if done correctly, breaks down into black and white; anybody who tries to argue gray-area morality in the realm of politics is trying to get away with something he knows is wrong.

We, as Americans, must support any legislation that deals with the correction or removal of any governmental system that enslaves its citizens, slits the throat of public dissent and commits acts of unprovoked aggression against other nations as well as its own people. That includes everybody from Iraq to Saudi Arabia to China. These are countries that control their media and cognitively shape the opinions of their people to hate America and desire to destroy everything centered on an individual’s freedom.

So should we go to war with Iraq? Yes – we should murder their leaders and bomb them with schools and individual rights.

Donatelli is a Journalism Major –

Selfishness made America great
By Dan Donatelli

“In all of the trials we have faced this past year, countless acts of generosity and sacrifice have revealed the good heart of our nation… Young people have the energy and determination to do important work, and volunteer service can teach them valuable lessons about responsibility, community, and selflessness at an early age.” – George W. Bush

I love America. It is the greatest (philosophically, militarily, economically) country that ever existed since the dawn of civilization. America’s roots – borne of an individual’s freedom to act of his own volition, borne of an individual’s need to be protected from his own government, borne of an individuals right to life, his right to liberty, and his right to pursue happiness in any manner that does not violate the rights of another – at base level, are the most moral, the most natural, and the most profound of any nation now in existence.

America came to power through the understanding that man is born free, that man’s mind should never be subjected to tyranny of any form, and the idea that that which man produces he is logically entitled to keep. That, in essence, is the foundation of capitalism. That, in essence, is what has been attacked ever since the tragic events of September 11th.

Even more tragic than the events of September 11th are the ramifications they have subsequently produced. American capitalism, which had been struggling through the effects of Keynesian economics as well as the horrifying reality that America is swiftly becoming a welfare state, has finally come under attack by the president himself.

Ever since September 11th, the USA has been under the impression that even though it was egoism/individualism that had made the US the most productive country in existence, it would be altruism that would be our saving grace. Self-sacrifice, cried out many politicians, professors and liberals, would be our “new path.” America, they shouted, is a good-hearted mother with open arms who is willing to forgive her children’s egoistic past so long as they embraced their future – altruism.

“Live your life in the service of others.” “The rich have no right to the money they earned in our heartless capitalist past; they must (forcefully) donate it to the poor that have not earned the money that was stolen for them.” “God blesses those who do unto others before themselves.”

BULL$#!+, BULL$#!+, BULL$#!+!!!!!

If the aforementioned line of logic and way of life is the true path to America’s greatness then do you know who we should all be saluting and praying for? Mohammad Atta. This was a man (as well as his brothers-in-arms) who encapsulated the idea of altruism. He was willing to KILL HIMSELF for the service of his cause. Martyrdom, Mr. President, is the ultimate sacrifice.

Muhammad Atta is a man who illustrated, quite willingly, the utter evil of mindless altruism. Now, president Bush wants us to salute his way of life.

Not me. Not in my America. I’m a capitalist. I believe “good” means I am sovereign over my actions’ and I believe “evil” means my actions must be in service of others.

America was founded on the idea that I have the right and ability to decide the proper course of my happiness. A true altruist, by definition should be miserable, because the happiness of others should be placed before his own. Do you see the inherent contradiction in our president’s call to action?

September 11th illustrated what is now the world’s greatest conflict: America vs. Fundamentalism. This is a conflict of Reason vs. Faith, Rationality vs. Irrationality, and Egoism vs. Altruism. I am horrified by the fact that our president is encouraging us to join the side of our aggressors.

Al Qaeda doesn’t need another successful strike – our own president (George W. Marx) is doing their work for them. Poor philosophy is much more destructive than explosives.

Donatelli is a Journalism Major –