The Complexities Of Living In The 21st Century
The beginning of this the 21st century started out with a sense of foreboding carried over from the last part of 1999. The thought of a major computer virus corrupting every computer put fear and anxiety in populations all over the world anticipating that a global catastrophe would be in the making. At mid-nite of 2000 this premonition never materialized bringing sighs of relief from people all over the world. This short term relief from disaster was only too brief, for on September 11, 2001 disaster actually struck the United States. More destructive than Pearl Harbor created a tidal wave of responses from nations around the globe that realized major destructive forces were now capable of rendering whole populations almost defenseless against the atrocities that certain organizations can inflict.
These reactions by not only the United States but all of our allies were now forced to inject various new rules and regulations on society. These new so-called safeguards are now supposed to make us safer and more protective from organizations and terrorists groups that are capable of utter and total destruction with-out any regard for human life. With these new regulations, rules, procedures, and compliance's that are supposed to make us safer actually have almost crippled the United States economy and have only exasperated the anxiety of all in realizing that we are still vulnerable.
Most of the governments responses in the aftermath of 9/11 have proved to be most ineffective and in some cases even futile. The majority of United States citizens now are subjected to a lot less individual freedoms that we had before. The miss-interpretation of our Constitution by our elected officials and the Supreme Court are now moving the United States closer to a socialistic society in the name of self preservation against all that threaten our country and allies.
Diplomacy can only accomplish so much. But, unlike when General Douglas McAuther stated "There is no such thing as a limited war" and " There is no substitute for complete victory." Today the United States and our allies are doing just that. Our foreign policy since 1988 has been riddled with inadequacies that actually paved the way for current conflicts to unfold. Until the United States heeds the words of our past leaders and apply the lessons of history America will continue to limit personal freedoms on our population. We have been and still are almost at the mercy of any terrorist organization or nation that threatens the safety and economy of the United States.
What the United States and our allies must do now has to be a combination using the legacies of Teddy Roosevelt and General Douglas McAuther and apply their philosophy in today's environment. This entails the actual support and assistance of the World Bank, The European Union, The United Nations and all of the G 20 Nations. All must band together and realize that until all terrorist organizations are eliminated every nation is at risk.
As in any nation where terrorists strike it is the poor that are being devastated the most. Where there is some prosperity in societies even though they are still affected by the atrocities of these organizations they are less likely to endure the same degree of hardship as those who are less fortunate. There is also a direct financial connection between the Drug Cartels of Mexico, the Drug Cartels of South America, Africa, the Far East with the Islamic Extremists of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. They have infested almost every nation with their terrorist activity leaving all with enormous economic and human suffering curtailing any hope of economic stability from ever materializing.
Stoping the flow of financial support which is the lifeline for any terrorist organization is so crucial in eliminating their existence. All nations have to realize that any organization that has no regard for life in their means to expand their influence no amount of diplomacy will be able to stop their expansion. This is the biggest reason why the United States must initiate a foreign policy in conjunction and in collaboration with all G 20 nations using the United Nations and the World Bank's resources in stopping all armed aggression from any country, terrorist organization or individual from ever threatening any country and any society. Until this is accomplished not one single person or country is safe.