The World in Our Image

The following was contributed by one of the country’s top defense analysts (who requests to remain anonymous for reasons more of timing than politics).  Although I discourage anonymous contributions, they do have the advantage of allowing you to judge ideas independent of the (in this case, formidable) reputation of their authors.

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My intell friends have been watching this development in Iraq for the past several weeks. They insist everything is unraveling behind the scenes. They say it is not just a matter of money drying up — rather, the Shi’ites are soaking up all the money to keep their own militias and Shi’a-heavy “national” units loyal and willing to begin the unavoidable / inevitable Shi’a crackdown on the Kurds and Sunnis.

As they point out to their superiors in the Obama Administration, Western concepts of secular pluralism and tolerance simply don’t fit the Arab (or Pashtun) world, especially where there is so much genuine fear and loathing between ethno-religious communities based upon very real fears and desires for revenge. In a bizarre way, this is not a bad thing — unless the Shi’ite Arabs can feel secure in their position as the dominant majority population and the Sunni and Kurds accept their new/old roles as the underclass, the Shi’ite Arabs will remain dependent upon US and increasingly on Iranian Khomeini’ist support and thus will cause us more problems.

The nation-state mindset, the idea that war is an aberration, and the idea that ethnicity and religion don’t matter because “all people are basically alike and have similar needs” are dooming Westerners to engage in benevolent but futile, destructive, and self-destructive interventions into conflicts they cannot resolve. These are conflicts that cannot be settled by “smart people with good intentions” sitting down and negotiating a mutually tolerable compromise. One cannot stop an ethno-religious war in mid-course, resolve nothing, and expect everyone to just live side by side in peace when the war-stoppers leave.

We need to disengage from these places and focus our attention on building prosperity at home and defending English-speaking culture, civilization and the rule of law on the North American continent. The world beyond our borders is actually de-globalizing. We must survive this difficult period along with our allies in Europe, Japan and Korea.

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