So the Arab Spring was supposed to set millions of oppressed people free. I guess, be careful what you wish for..
This last week has seen a US Ambassador murdered, several Embassies under siege, and one set on fire. More protests and borderline violent gatherings are set or on-going throughout about 20 of the 57 Muslim states on the world's chessboard.
So my question is simple- what do we do? Is this something to intervene in? Should we isolate ourselves and let them settle it in whatever fashion comes naturally? Do we use diplomacy OR use brute military force?
Emotion says respond HARD, Logic dictates otherwise. And no one has the perfect answer.
Of course, the true heart of the matter are 2 separate issues. First, should the US get in other people's business actively? Second, what to do with the ingrained paradox of the Muslim Religion?
Intervention- the US tends to use its leverage and resources to play an active role in the world. At this time, the money isn't there, the relations are strained to put it nice, and democracy- last time I looked- needed to be nurtured and developed, not just bought and paid for. To keep people in harms way (such as the Libyan Ambassador) is unconscionable. How to you keep non-military personnel in a country where we have involved ourselves with military force in some way or shape? This man died because someone didn't make a better decision. And they are still set to receive their Foreign Aid package from us... so basically, they killed our Ambassador and we will pay them for it... does that strike anyone else as completely unacceptable?
Muslim Paradox- so from what I understand, and I am far from a religious scholar, the Muslim religion encourages "death or submission" whereas our Freedoms encourage one of Religion. How do you protect yourself from this without sacrificing that liberty? How do you say that is unacceptable, without coming off as discriminatory? How do you discuss and resolve issues with a series of nations that want, in their religious heart of hearts, to win in the end? Again- I am not someone who knows a lot about this, nor am I someone who is a believer in hostile acts as a way to resolve issues as a primary choice, but isn't time we have this debate? Isn't time our politicians have this dialogue out in the open so we can understand the bigger thought and theory?
Of course, again, be careful what you wish for.. we might find out there is no master plan, no greater thought and theory, and that our leaders are as frustrated and confused as we are.
Tough to lead if you don't have a plan. Tough to have a plan when you haven't thought things through.
Don't YOU think that time is now?
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