“The root cause of "terrorism" is occupation” - JoshArizona
If Americans stayed home, how much trouble would that be?
Following up on the story “Addressing Terrorism Root Casues,” http://my.nowpublic.com/world/addressing-terrorism-root-causes#comment-542475,
JoshArizona remarked as in the title of the article, occupation is the problem.
Occupation by any other name is colonialism, nation-building, influence expansionism, what else?
Having a positive influence in the world is best accomplished by example such as producing timely deeds and accomplishments, and sustaining the economic powerhouse through innovation from a culture that supports freedom and diversity of thoughts and ideas, don't you think?
Surely, we cannot be so innocent to believe that Americans would be permitted to pursue this aim without hostile acts against us. We have a legacy now. 200 years of good and bad behavior, and recent history places Americans in a compromising position. Mistakes in Vietnam and Iraq, now maybe Afghanistan don't make us appear so good.
It is not that we don't have some noble purpose behind our foreign policy. However, the ever present lust of resources and our unrelenting quest comprises our higher values.
President Obama's call for energy independence and self-reliance is correct. Nations that optimize performance from making the best use of their own resources are likely to be more successful and peaceful in the world, I conjecture.
What is America's self-sustainable capacity given present trends? Where are the gaps? What policies are needed for optimization? What is the globally competitive baseline? How does America stack up using a common methodology with emerging nations?
These are questions that can be answered, and should be by government leaders, now, not later?
American “occupation” does not reduce tension in the world, and may indeed cause terrorism.
“Book Review: Squandered Victory
by Larry Diamond
Larry Diamond, a professor who teaches democracy and who has advised many developing countries in the establishment of democratic institutions, wrote this book after working briefly for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq. He describes his democratic-advancement efforts and the relentless degradation of the Iraqi environment to the point where he could not get much accomplished. He offers his assessment of what went wrong and things we could possibly do turn things around, though he is not too optimistic.
Diamond was originally against the war. But when Condoleezza Rice called him, he agreed to serve because he felt that now that we are engaged we must do our best to bring about a democratic state: He says:
"By November , however, I was conflicted. I still thought the war had been a strategic miscalculation, but the postwar imperative seemed obvious: to build a decent, lawful and democratic political order in Iraq. I believed that if we failed there, Iraq would become what it had not been before the war: a haven for international terrorism and possible a direct threat to America's national security."
Diamond describes his experiences getting started. After 2 months of red tape, he finally arrived at the Green Zone in Iraq. He describes this Zone as socialism: living arrangements, offices, transportation, food, entertainment and security are all taken care of. As long as you stay in the Green Zone you are fairly safe.”
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