Shock and awe

That’s the official name for a chief element of the war strategy planned against Iraq. The idea is to create such fear that Iraqi soldiers won’t fight. CBS News reports: “There will not be a safe place in Baghdad,” said one Pentagon official who has been briefed on the plan.

Does it bother anyone on the pro-war side except me that the next phase of the “war on terror” will start with terror-bombing of the enemy capital?

No wonder part of the preparation for Colin Powell’s speech was covering over the tapestry copy of the Picasso Guernica that hangs outside the Security Council chamber.

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: