Glenn Reynolds thinks it “monstrous” that a cartoonist chooses to remind people that invading Iraq means, among other things, damaging — and killing — Iraqi children, who are just as innocent as children in, say, New York.

I really can’t see the monstrosity of pointing that out. It’s true. That our attack on Iraq will be have some justification, while the al-Qaeda attack on New York had none, doesn’t make it any less true. If you’re not willing to kill a bunch of people who haven’t done anything in particular to deserve it, then you’re not ready to wage war.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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