Winning friends and influencing people

One of the arguments we heard against going to war with Iraq was that doing so would stir up opposition to the United States, and sympathy for Saddam Hussein and for terrorists, among people abroad whose goodwill we otherwise might have had. The prowar (pardon me, that should be “pro-liberation”) side dismissed such worries: the only opposition, we were told, would come from the usual suspects, reflexively anti-American or anti-Western.

These two items just in:

Christian Fuehrer, the Lutheran pastor from Leipzig who made his congregation a key organizing base in the struggle that toppled the Hoenecker regime, is now organizing against what he calls a “war of aggression.’

Meantime, Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, grand sheikh of Al-Azhar University, regarded by some as the pre-eminent living Sunni religious scholar, who had denounced the 9-11 attack as unIslamic and described Osama bin Laden’s claims to spiritual authority as fraudulent,” has called all Muslims to a jihad “to defend the people of Iraq.”

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: