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From: Ross Olson []
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 9:18 AM
To: Editor Star Tribune (
Subject: What's he smoking?

Humanistic Nirvana

Ross Douthat ("Is is so hard to believe that the wall fell?" 11/10/09) has achieved humanistic nirvana
and cannot comprehend those who have not. With the end of the Soviet threat, he sees permanent
utopia and characterizes doomsayers as people who pathologically need to live under a threat.

Contrary to his rosy view, the threats are real and much more pervasive than a single external enemy.
The swine flu has shown us that we would be nowhere near ready for the much deadlier bird flu which
could kill millions and overwhelm our healthcare system. There is no real solution for terrorism and
the possibility of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear or biological, falling into the wrong hands
cannot be discounted. The Middle East problem is insoluble and could go nuclear. A few madmen
with the right tools do not need to be as powerful as Hitler to wreck havoc. Population reduction, the
darling of the environmentalists, threatens the fabric of society as does the breakdown of the family
and the increase in violence, strongly tied to fatherless homes. I could go on.

Ross S. Olson

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