I’m not sure who I’m more embarassed for after reading this TownHall column: Thomas Sowell for writing it, or PowerLine for linking and quoting such a self-evidently ludicrous argument so uncritically. At 76, Sowell can at least plead creeping senility if he’s slipping; the PoweLine boys lack that excuse, but my expectations for them are so low that falling short of them doesn’t mean falling far. Anyway, the offending paragraphs:
“Peace” movements are among those who take advantage of this widespread inability to see beyond rhetoric to realities. Few people even seem interested in the actual track record of so-called “peace” movements — that is, whether such movements actually produce peace or war.
Take the Middle East. People are calling for a cease-fire in the interests of peace. But there have been more cease-fires in the Middle East than anywhere else. If cease-fires actually promoted peace, the Middle East would be the most peaceful region on the face of the earth instead of the most violent.
I don’t actually need to refute this, do I? Well, just for fun: The most incorrigibly addicted smokers are the ones who’ve tried to quit the most times, ergo attempts to quit smoking cause addiction. The sickest people are the ones who’ve taken the most medicine and had the most treatments, ergo medical care causes illness. In fact, people are hugely disproportionately likely to die in hospitals—if hospitals really save lives, why do they seem to be such deathtraps? Whee! Have fun coming up with your own.