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  •  Personally, I think we should be building (2+ / 0-)
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    dizzydean, erratic

    solar panels, wind farms and investing heavily in renewable energy and let the people who live in the region figure this out.  While phrases like "a touch of evil" colorfully describe the involvement of Western powers, I think that a whole giant bag of "ignorant" is and has been our problem all along.  Our policy in the Middle East has essentially been "put a dictator on it" and that's because we can't cope with the nuances of this region.  Much easier to just make one guy "god" and make him our buddy rather than deal with the diversity.  Sigh.

    •  Remarque marvelled at the US (2+ / 0-)
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      inclusiveheart, erratic

      as being one of the only countries in the world that would end its troops to places they had never heard of for a cause they did not understand in the name of a higher ideal.  He was writing with WWI and WWII in mind, though the book that is from (Shadows in Paradise) was written in the 1960s.  

      The Brits and French understood the peoples they subjugated, but on their own terms.  We never tried to understand them--either it was through a lens of the Cold War or our post-Cold War economic expansionism.  

      I find Sayyid Qutb to be rather indicative of the reaction from the ME:  we want to reject you and yours and all your ideological imports, as well as your racism and crusaderism.  Let us be so we can establish our own state along lines we understand.  'Course, then Nasser had him tortured and killed...

      To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

      by dizzydean on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 03:57:07 PM PDT

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