Ob­vi­ously sen­si­ble

Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES -

What James Woolsey said (“The hell with pro­por­tion­al­ity,” Front­lines, Novem­ber 10) was so ob­vi­ously sen­si­ble: Use the most ef­fec­tive means to frus­trate your ene­mies’ aims.

Your colum­nist Caro­line B. Glick sug­gested this a few years ago when she wrote of the need to get the world off the use of oil and re­duce its price so that many of our ene­mies would not have the re­sources to be a real threat. Did any­thing hap­pen here? No con­certed ef­fort was made. The gov­ern­ment did not tell the chief sci­en­tist to al­lo­cate what­ever re­sources it would take to per­fect al­ter­na­tive fuel and power tech­nol­ogy.

For­tu­nately, through pri­vate ini­tia­tives mo­ti­vated by the per­ceived threat of global warm­ing, we are very close to this ca­pa­bil­ity. We have to now make the fi­nal ef­fort. The im­me­di­ate aim must be to per­fect retro-fit sys­tems so that a ma­jor pro­por­tion of the 900 mil­lion cars in the world can be con­verted to run on al­ter­na­tive fu­els or elec­tric­ity.

BERNARD DAVID Pe­tah Tikva

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