- Dec 27, 2004
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and you were expecting exactly what from the UN?
From them? Nothing.
I dragged it up because I keep wondering why WE aren't doing something. I don't care if France has so much invested in the gov't of Sudan they veto any proposal for military intervention anymore than I gave a damn about France voting against invading Iraq. The only countries France can pick on are their neo-colonies, and I wouldn't bet real money they'd win THAT.
In the meantime, an entire tribe of people are being wiped off the face of the earth while, as Edmund Burke said: "Good men do nothing."
biggest messes since wwII off the top of my head
iran iraq afganistan
want to add to the list?
answer this....how many were french colonies?
At the same time though, we have lots to do to rebuild and restore our stock as a country and a force. A recalibration of the power structure is underway, if the US can be imaginative and reasonable in the coming years, we may yet win out.
I see important reasons for optimism in the growing maturity of Chinese, Indian, Brazillian and Japanese leaders, to say nothing of the future leaders of key states like South Africa, South Korea, Indonesia, etc. We ignore great potential by focusing on Europe and the Middle East.
I don't know of another nation on earth, that has helped so many 'rebuild' and gotten so little thanks, rather contempt by those that do nothing.
I agree on Japan, South Africa, the rest?
You want the short? Really, it comes down to us wanting to return to being a normal nation after the Berlin Wall fell. In the meantime, we lost our bearings, betrayed and abandoned relatively old and reliable friends based on a naive understanding of democracy and freedom (nations like Thailand and Pakistan that got left in the lurch) and ignored opportunity after opportunity, not only to preempt terrorists like Bin Laden but to change security and cultural understandings in places like Latin America, Africa, etc.
Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, and Islam is thriving on the fringes of its borders, from Indonesia to Senegal to India. We rightly condemn the stupidity of Muslim protesters and the double standards, but yet we do nothing to empower locals there who have preached a relatively tolerant and modern version of Islam for decades only to find it losing ground to the Saudi Wahabbi campaign of fundamentalism. Its not about democracy, its about rule of law, open markets and jobs. Democracy comes along, but again, the rule of law, security, trade, etc, this is more important.