An interesting editorial from The Christian Science Monitor on the Internet gambling situation in the U.S. today.

There are a number of typically overhyped arguments (e.g., "it creates a new opportunity for organized crime"), but Buzzy is impressed that it was balanced enough to present the U.S.'s position in the WTO case with Antigua and Barbuda as shaky, and the editorial concludes that a study would be the best way to proceed.

Congress, however, might override its moral concerns if it decides it wants the money from a tax on Web gambling. It should avoid such temptation.

The better move is to ask for a study by the National Academy of Sciences on whether Internet gambling can be regulated effectively at all to protect the vulnerable.

Beyond that, this challenge should force officials to review how the US has gotten itself deeper into gambling's dark hole, and ask if it is time to see the light.