Amen to that.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Carry this scenario a bit farther: Imagine that in the face of worldwide censure, the
government claims it is powerless to act against such a group because the men are too well hidden, too powerful, and too ready to visit violence on those who oppose them? Is this likely? Probably not. This is because in most nations, including this one, the government operates on the basis of national accountability—not always, of course, and one can find blatant examples of many governments’ disregard or contempt for national responsibility. But by and large, civilized governments respond to the acts of citizens. If a group—any group— threatens the well-being of its own country or other nations, then action is called for. US
The concept of governmental accountability in many Third world nations is shaky at best. In places such as
Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and to a lesser extent Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the Sudan, and the horn of Africa, it is in effect non-existent. Essentially, these nations have abrogated their rights to play a useful role in the international community. They should be shunned but they’re not. They’re pariah states whose economies are rescued and bolstered by international aid, oil or other natural resources, and the business of other nations—supposedly more civilized or rational—who need to increase their spheres of influence. As such, is a friend of many outcast states. So is China . And so is the Russia . United States
There are no simple answers to the terrorism issue. We are fighting two unsuccessful wars of vengeance which appear to have remarkably little effect on the habits of terrorists and Jihadists. Perhaps it’s time to make the countries breeding and training terrorists, and the nations directly supporting them, responsible for their actions. Blockades, embargos of all goods save food and health supplies, and trade interdictions would not be more expensive to enforce than is the waging of wars on two fronts. In the
, businesses that even indirectly deal with terrorist clients should be persuaded to do otherwise, investigated and if necessary charged and tried. US
Alan Keyes, perennial presidential candidate and political activity, said it best in a 2002 speech. “Every leader, and every regime, and every movement, and every organization that steps across the line to terrorism must be banished from the discourse of civilized human life.”
Amen to that.