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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spreading the good word

Last night I asked a friend who is a Middle East expert what he thought we should do about ISIS, what with their convert-or-die ultimatums, their killing of journalists, their intent to commit genocide against the Yazidis, and their desecration of sacred Muslim relics.

He shrugged helplessly and said the situation over there is as bad as he's ever seen it. He said they would have to be stopped eventually, and that Iraq would probably have to be carved up into three parts. The Kurds, in the north, will have oil. And the Shiites, in the south, will also have oil. But the Sunnis, in the West, will be left without oil. These ancient blood rivalries and the unequal distribution of wealth are why ISIS, essentially a Sunni movement, plans to capture the oil fields in the Kurdish north.

It was when I was driving home after dinner that it hit me: the only reason there is so much strife in Iraq is, they don't yet appreciate that their diversity is their strength!

All we need to do is go over and instill this philosophy, which has worked so well here in the U.S. In fact, that's all we need to do all over the globe.

The Israelis and Palestinians will learn to coexist in peace, as soon as they realize that their diversity is their strength.

Ditto for the Ukrainians and ethnic Russians in the Ukraine. All their problems will be over, as soon as they get the good word.

The Chechnyans and Russians? Same simple solution.

All we Americans need to do is export our superior wisdom.


jova said...

I remember at the end of the first Gulf war when reading about how we abandoned the kurds in the North, after encouraging them to fight Saddam for independence.
It has always seemed like a prudent idea to allow the kurds to be an independent state.

Obviously diversity causes problems. Even those who claim to want diversity, such as college administrators , fight hard to expunge all faculty members who have contrary viewpoints. Look what occurred at Harvard when Summers disclosed a non- acceptable thought, he was effectively ex-communicated form the Ivey League and prohibited from taking a position as the head of the federal reserve...

John Craig said...

Jova --
Yes, as Henry Kissinger famously said, In this world it is often dangerous to be an enemy of the United States, but to be a friend is fatal."

Agreed about diversity. What's amazing is that for so long the powers that be tried to shove that one down the public's throat, and people actually recited it despite the fact that it was so obviously untrue. I haven't heard it much in the past year or two, but it ad a real run.

Summers' completely accurate statement about women in the sciences WAS the beginning of the end for him at Harvard, though I think his not getting the Fed post was also partly a function of his difficult personality.

But yes, the lack of diversity of thought on campus is a widespread farce.

Anonymous said...

A common theme in Buchanan articles is that the world is fracturing along tribal lines. The US continues to set the field for similar developments at home. But is could never happen *here*......
- Ed

John Craig said...

Ed --
I used to think people who said we were headed for race war were utterly insane; now, I'm not so sure.

Anonymous said...

There will never be peace throughout the world because human beings make it impossible.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
I can't disagree.

Steven said...

It seems like a lot of the conflicts are between different ethnic and religious groups in the same country.

Personally I like the Kurds, I think they deserve their own country.

Steven said...

It was disgusting what happened to summers man. I wish he hadn't apologised and just gave it to them even more.

John Craig said...

Steven --
No question about ethnicity being behind most major conflicts; and that's exactly what we'd expect from a close study of evolution.

for some strange reason I like the Kurds too, but I couldn't even tell you why. Maybe because they haven't been behind any terrorist attacks against the West (that I know of).

As far as Summers, I think his having been crucified for that statement about women in the sciences was a perfect example of academic political correctness. On the other hand in the meantime he had also evidently managed to alienate almost the entire faculty at Harvard, so that comment may have just been an excuse. I also heard that everybody he worked with while in the Obama administration disliked him, so there seem to be other issues with him.

Steven said...

Maybe they just look good next to the rest of Iraq...they seem to do well, have created good institutions and are moderate and western friendly. I knew some Kurds who ran a shop and they were extremely nice people.

Baloo said...

Exquisite! Reprinted!
Obama has no strategy to deal with ISIS, but John Craig does.

Anonymous said...

Reminded me of this. "…the great U.S. advantage". HA.

John Craig said...

Anon --
Blood is thicker than citizenship. We see it every day.