Great, he pounded a nail in, but I see no other solution there either. My boss says come to me with any gripe, AS LONG AS, you have an idea for a solution.
So our military might was unimaginative and not exactly perfect. You say it is a big tool, but not the only. Name others, now here’s the key, that weren’t tried. Sanctions since 1990. Yep, tried them. UN intervention and checks. Yep, tried them.
I’ve actually been trying recently. I alluded to those efforts, but I’ll get a bit more specific and restate.
One idea, to counter the rampant propaganda we have to replace the message. This might mean invisibly funding less strident Islamic individuals to run media outlets, perhaps migrating to more moderate stances as public will allows.
That is, or should be, an invisible action that doesn’t make anyone feel punished. Even sanctions and the like are just another type of hammer that piss people off because the west is blamed for any hardship.
Is it a perfect idea, no, but it’s a freaking idea. I won’t claim to have all the answers, but I’m willing to throw my ideas out for public ridicule.
On that note, I created a thread about Iraq, and discussed a thought concerning the ability to involve the Iraqi citizens in a grassroots effort to develop security at the community level.
The idea would be to include or involve people in securing their country, individually, helping them learn cooperation, civic involvement and perhaps buying in to an initiative that leads them towards working against insurgents.
Plenty of ridicule on that one.
Another idea would be to create thousands of madrassa that were geared towards churning out moderate Islamic children instead of little Jihadist robots ready to go kill. You don’t have to get everyone, but if you get enough people, then they talk amongst their peers in their community and have an influence on opinion and action.
So, again, are these ideas perfect? No, of course not. Are they worth trying? Maybe. Spend a few billions dollars and zero lives, what have you got to lose, compared to current military efforts? Money is cheap to us, so let’s use it.
While you may or may not like or agree with any of my own ideas, let’s be clear, I’m not saying we can’t or shouldn’t use military might! However, given the amount of time since 9/11, I am upset that we aren’t hearing about ANY creative initiatives to bring about peace in the long run.
Right now, we are assuming that if we kill enough people, everyone that is left will somehow end up loving us because the radicals are all dead. This is the unimaginative thinking that we are being led with, which doesn’t think ahead to the next generation of people growing up in the midst of it.
Leaders need vision, or foresight, and the wisdom to choose courses that minimize negatives, not to simply rush into things like a bull in a china shop and start smashing shit. Where the fuck are the good ideas that billions of taxpayer dollars should be able to fund and come up with?
The answer had better be something other than there aren’t any…