Saturday, December 20, 2014

Social justice warriors

Algeria has the world's tenth-largest military. Maybe that doesn't sound like much, but I found it impressive. It's practically the same as the bottom five, all around 500,000 to 600,000 active personnel. I'm too lazy to check, but I'd guess per capita it's right around the top.

As far as maintaining an army of given capacity, the two Koreas (ALERT ALERT SHUT DOWN BLOG), Iran, Pakistan all make sense. Algeria?

I'm thinking they've achieved what President Obama has himself made pretty good progress on, turning the military into a social program. Which is fair. It's an instrument of justice, not violence. Violence should be reserved to the agencies that really need it, like the IRS, the Department of Agriculture, and local police, preferably SWAT divisions with all that equipment for which the military can no longer can imagine a use, but not necessarily. Any rookie ought to be able to shoot a 12 year old if protocol calls for it. The main point is, some laws just have to be enforced. You never know when a Tea Party group is going to start stealing our taxes.

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