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  •  It sure changed Japan's behavior. (1+ / 0-)
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    It changed the behavior of Germany.

    It changed the behavior of those in the American South who thought that owning people was just fine.

    It changed the behavior of Somali pirates.

    The fact is that fear is a potent weapon.  Force often does fix things.

    Of course, it often also makes things worse.

    Often it makes things much worse.

    That said, it is, contrary to popular belief, sometimes the answer.

    As for nonviolent, legitimate ways, as for the law proposed here, it is largely symbolic.  In some places, like Turkey, where this happened, the law is already on the side of those who would condemn honor killings.  In others, like Congo, the response of the average person is likely to be "the United What?  I've never heard of it."

    As for requiring US aid programs to conform to these standards, that may seem an effective measure but I'm afraid all it will do is to help the one third of the American people who already want to see our already paltry foreign aid programs eliminated.

    I support passage of this law, but I also want people to realize that it may actually have unintended consequences and that real change may require force or the threat of force.

    "I always found it interesting that people would cast aspersions on failure, as if it were a bad thing." -- Michael Steele, RNC Chairman

    by journeyman on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 04:01:25 AM PDT

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