Mudcat Café message #1785089 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93009   Message #1785089
Posted By: Rapparee
16-Jul-06 - 05:23 PM
Thread Name: BS: Bush's *Big Stick* Foriegn Policy...
Subject: RE: BS: Bush's *Big Stick* Foriegn Policy...
It's already happening, Ebbie, in "less favored" areas. Warlords are appearing all over, their weapons supplied (for the best of intentions) by the late USSR, the United States, Britain, even Canada. Weapons do not self-destruct, they can be used over and over and over -- I have a rifle in my gun safe made in mid-May, 1918, and it shoots as accurately and as well as ever. Made for World War I, I use it for target shooting and (perhaps someday!) hunting.

Getting rid of the weapons won't do it either, as they are actually rather simple to make. To make your own gunpowder, for instance, you need look no farther than Foxfire 5 or any of several other books that are out there (or the Internet). The sloppy part is making KNO3, after that it's just dangerous and, with elementary precautions, quite doable at home.

Besides, you can kill someone with a spear, an arrow, or a rock and take what weapons they might have.

The trick is, I think, to re-orient the thinking of people and nations away from violence and toward cooperation and negotiation.

I'm not up to world-saving at the moment, though. I'm knee-deep in a roof replacement at work.