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March 10, 2002

It must be circular breathing George W. Bush and Tony Blair have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. My pal Cory Doctorow expressed amazement at this in a post to BoingBoing with the headline “Honoring hawks for their doveliness.” I posted to BoingBoing’s comment section to remark that (1) I wouldn’t give it to them, but (2) the Nobel Peace Prize hasn’t historically been a prize for the exercise of philosophical pacifism.

The brief discussion that ensued caused me to suddenly write (in the form of several long posts) a fairly comprehensive summary of my current position on peace, war, George W. Bush, and people who want to kill us. I make no claim to be any more insightful than millions of other people following the same news, but if you’ve been confused about what I think at the moment, this set of posts may help. (Or convince you that I’m a nitwit. Hardly out of the question.)

Note: since I can’t figure out how to make a URL that shows you the whole thread on the BoingBoing comment section, my best advice is that you click above or here and then immediately click “Show All Messages.” You can opt to read them in top-to-bottom or bottom-to-top order as well. [03:46 PM]

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Mary Kay Kare ::: (view all by) ::: March 16, 2002, 11:19 AM:

Thanks for giving us a link to the summary of your current views on peace and war and etc. Cooperating with people whose motives I distrust or despise and whose actions appall me, on something I believe in is a bitter pill to swallow. I can be distressingly puritanical at times. But I am trying to learn it--I'm having to.aaOn a related matter: your discussion of American nuclear policy with Cory Doctorow. Have you read THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB? I was completely fascinated and fell deeply in love with Nils Bohr. It makes very good reading even if Rhodes can't be sane on the subject of Edward Teller.aaMKK

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: March 16, 2002, 01:40 PM:

I have, ages ago; I recall it being a good, if somewhat exhausting, book.