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Losing Another War
by Lee

In NRO, Ned Rice says it’s time to admit total defeat in the war.  On cancer.

How will history account for such a miserable failure of a war? Many would argue that we never should have gone to war with cancer in the first place. The very idea that American medical science could control a process as elemental as malignant cellular proliferation is emblematic of a type of hubris only Americans are capable of. Surely the notion that we could impose American values such as “benign” and “non-metastasizing” on living tissues will be remembered as pure, jingoistic folly.

But even conceding the necessity of this war on cancer is no excuse for the way in which it has been waged. Does anyone still deny that America embarked on this so-called war without a well-defined plan for achieving victory? To say nothing of an exit strategy. The mistakes and failures we’ve made along the way surely number in the thousands. One even gets the impression, at times, that the clinical research supposedly aimed at finding a cure is being done on a virtual trial and error basis.

Moreover, how exactly does one wage war on a disease? Or was the war analogy merely a cynical rhetorical device designed to trick red state dullards into supporting Nixon’s nefarious scheme to enrich his cronies in the medical-industrial complex? Pro-war voices are hard-pressed to even define victory in a war on cancer. Does “winning” mean no more malignancies, ever? What about skin cancer? When can we start smoking again, for Pete’s sake? The cancer-war hawks fall predictably silent when confronted with these uncomfortable realities. This war has been waged with an almost willful ignorance of the nature of the enemy we face. Remember laetrile, the miracle cancer cure extracted from apricot pits? Remember oatmeal’s putative preventative properties? The so-called cancer “vaccine”? All came to nothing.

Then there’s the unilateral aspect of the current struggle. Instead of enlisting the aid of trusted allies such as France and Germany to form a coalition of like-minded powers to fight this disease, we arbitrarily declared war on cancer like the arrogant superpower we are. Not even the United Nations was consulted, much less asked for its permission. No wonder the whole world hates us.

Read the whole thing.  Our arrogant hubris knows no bounds.

Posted by Lee on 04/18/06 at 08:21 AM (Discuss this in the forums)


Posted by on 04/18/06 at 09:27 AM from United States

The cure for cancer is gene therapy.

Of course Denis Leary knew there ws No Cure a long time ago!

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 09:48 AM from Japan

The is about the dumbest analogy I have ever read.

{Sorry - no end in sight to current bad mood}

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 09:52 AM from United States

of enlisting the aid of trusted allies such as France and Germany to form a coalition of like-minded powers to fight this disease

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 10:12 AM from United States

Our failure to win the Cancer war is due to administration incompetence!

They didn’t send enough doctors!

It’s only a matter of time before six or seven retired surgeon generals speak out and demand Rumsfeld’s resignation…

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 11:56 AM from United States

If we only just took the time to find our why cancer hates us. We just need to give canacer a big ole group hug, sit down under a healing crystal, drink some fair trade organic coffe, eat some slave-free chocolates, and chat.

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 11:59 AM from Canada

Nixon’s so stupid. He said, “Cancer hates our freedoms.” As if. Cancer is only responding to our policy towards it. If we only stopped supporting Israel…

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 12:01 PM from United States

Didn’t we acually INSTALL cancer as a disease sometime during the Lincoln administration?  It HAS to be a Republican plot.....

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 12:02 PM from Canada

eat some slave-free chocolates, and chat.

I prefer slave-free chocolates.  Chocolate covered slaves are too stringy and chewy because the slaves are kept in captivity, not allowed free range.  Most slaves aren’t grain fed either, which can cause cancer.  Plus table-scrap fed slave upset my digestive system.  You know, there really should be a warning label on the box, like “These are all natural, grain fed, free-range slaves in these chocolate covered slaves.” I’d probably buy those.

Posted by ? on 08/28/06 at 06:52 AM from United States

This is just STUPID.  Cancer research and slowing improved the outcome of cancer patients both via earlier detection and slightly better treatment.  It is not like fixing a car. 


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