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Phoney war distracts from root cause of world's problems

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Submitted by finian cunningham (Bahrain), Aug 6, 2008 at 05:00

I don't agree with its analysis of radical Islam being a world threat and that the agenda should be a "war on radical Islam". That seems to me a very dangerous road to go down. Anyway, it doesn't address the root cause of many of the world's problems, from economic and financial instability, conflict and tensions in the Middle East, and ongoing poverty and hunger - about a fifth of the world's population suffers chronic poverty, hunger and disease.

All these problems are far less about perceived threats from "radical Islamists". Mobilising Western populations to declare a "war on radical Islam" obly serves to distract from the real, tangible, comprehensible cause of so many of the world's problems. And that is, US centrally planned capitalism with all the foreign policy meddling that goes with it. In this part of the world, the middle east, the only party continually upping the ante on issues of security is the US. But then again, maybe that is why some people go around declaring phoney wars against phoney bogeymen. It lets the real perpetrators of injustice off the hook. Or put another way, it allows the elephant to keep sitting in the room unnoticed.

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