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Jerry Brown on Foreign Policy

 


Kuwait War demonstrated US innovation in technology of death

50 million people were killed in WWII, 15 times as much weaponry was dropped in the war in Kuwait.

It's an unspeakable evil. Sometimes, in self-defense, you have to do a lot. But here there was no issue of self-defense. The greater the magnitude of harm you inflict on other people, the greater the justification ought to be. And here, there's no proportionality whatsoever. By any standard of ethical or moral judgment, by any tradition I know of, there's culpability.

Perhaps the real message of the Gulf War--to China, India, Pakistan, Libya and every other nation--was that whatever weapons they have now, they've got to get better ones. Kuwait was a demonstration case, a message to other countries, that technological innovation in the weaponry of death must be pursued with a vengeance and with renewed commitment. So really, the Gulf War was not about making the world safe, it was about making the future far more dangerous, for the US and everyone else.

Source: Dialogues, by Gov. Jerry Brown, p.112-3 , Oct 11, 1996

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