22 April, 2007

In response to Still Thinking3's question I don't have the perfect answer but I do have several ideas of what not to do. One of the solutions people offer up is to allow the United Nations to deal with all with the problems in the world. These people think that the solution to the world's problems is U.N. Peacekeepers; the only problem with this solution is that it isn’t a solution. U.N. Peacekeepers are hardly ever deployed and when they are it is always way to late to be effective. Most of the time when Peacekeepers are brought into the equation it means we need containment and the U.N. is tired of people fighting with no change. Many of the civil wars in Africa are seen by the U.N. as an emergency. Whenever the U.N. backed groups need peacekeepers their cause just lost respect from many of their enemies. Brian Bresnahan gave a very strong argument on his blog for not using the U.N. for defeating radical Islam.
I think back to when Greece invaded Egypt, the two countries have different cultures and religions, but the Greeks did not impose their worldview on the Egyptians they embraced the Egyptians' worldview. If I were in charge in Iraq I would be meeting with the religious leaders and then work with them to allocate your construction jobs. In the Middle East the real leaders of the country are not the political leaders as in the west they are the religious leaders.
I have read The Pentagon's New Map and would agree we need to attempt to bring third world countries into the new globalized world described in Thomas L. Friedman's book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree. We need to bring these countries into the new world while still maintaining their origins. To many of these people they would rather die then give up their origins. This may be impossible to do when you look at the United States and where it has been we have definitely sacrificed our Biblical Christian worldview for a post-modern worldview. There is not one set response that will work for each and every country because each country is very different. It varies differently within Iraq, between the different people groups. We need to satisfy the needs of all the different people groups, this means we need to check that the religious leaders are happy; they are the ones to proclaim the jihads.
We need to bring globalization to a country without eliminating the origins of the country. We need to make sure the globalization plan is ok by the religious leaders and tailored to the specific people group in the area.

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