jviehe, et al,
Let's look at these one at a time.
Originally Posted by jviehe
Syria: The US should stay clear of this one. This is Syrian-on-Syrian. That means it is not clear cut that the Syrian people want to change their government. If the US supports one side or the other, it will look as if that side is aligned with the devil. It will appear to the Arab that the US is intervening again for their own selfish agenda.
The US cannot win. The Syrians haven't decided what they want. The various Syrian Government Forces are common Syrian. If they opposed the government, they could change it overnight. But they are committed to something else.
Afghanistan: We've been there a decade. We need to get ourself out before we have to fight our way our. What is really going on there? Well, a couple of things.
- First, there are Afghan's just waiting for the opportunity to take the US/NATO to task for anti-American//anti-Occupation reasons. This has nothing to do with sacred writings or religious believes. This is a case where the opposing force is exploiting the ignorance of a culture in order to erode local indigenous support. The Taliban (the Government in Exile) see an opportunity and took it. It is the exploitation of the illiterate and the religion itself, for the purpose of political gain.
- Second, thousands of decisions and actions are made every day in Afghanistan (probably millions of decision throughout the Muslim world); that are culturally related; and have the potential to be explosive. If the US/NATO was right in 99% of the cases, there would still be some instances where there would be a mistake. This is a case where there was no intent to challenge the belief or disrespect the culture. Yet, the intellectual capacity of the entire cultural strata fails to recognize this. This is clearly an example where the Afghan People are not demonstrating that they should enjoy the company of the 21st Century.
I propose that we give the country back to these pious and enlightened leaders of the Taliban - and - abandon this culture to choose its own destiny. The people of Afghanistan obviously prefer the Taliban to the influences of the US. Yes, let their piety be their guide, left to their own devices.
In this way, the US can avoid any cultural clashes and confrontation with a people of intolerance. We can eliminate any event that might be interpreted as disrespectful, and honor their beliefs through non-interference.
- The US needs to attend its own problems. The US economy is crumbling. Look at your house and tell me which major end-items or high tech devices you have that are made in America. If the US is to be a World Leader, then it must have a world class - first rate economy. And that requires a 21st Century infrastructure, improved manfacturing and production capacity, it must become the center of the world for learning and enlightenment, and it must be a hub of which science and technology revolve. Only then will revenue flow and support all the various programs America has to be the first among nations.
- The US must become the "trusted" benevolent leaders. It has to stop working entirely in its own best selfish interests. It must become the "honest Broken" in disputes among nations and focus on diplomatic solutions rather than military solutions.
Thes are just some of the things America needs to consider.