Capitalism is a great tool for human progress, but Germany is proving that the free market is too free.

German companies have been prime contributors to Iraq's military complex, including its abilities to manufacture and deliver chemical weapons and its progress toward building nuclear weapons. The German government needs to step in and bring those merchants of death to heel.But we can't be smug or self-righteous about this issue. The United States supported Iraq in its long war against Iran, overlooked its use of chemical weapons, and urged other Arab nations to help finance Iraq. And our nation has supported terrorism that suits our national purposes and profited handsomely by weapons sales that aid our balance-of-trade deficit problem.

The lesson here is that the free market has limits. Governments need to place sensible restrictions on death merchants.