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The Domino theory

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Submitted by van der Ley (Canada), Mar 21, 2006 at 19:20

It is interesting to see that in terms of foreign policy many of western governments are still stuck in the late 50s "domino theory" of Eisenhower, where what you do is to establish a stronghold near the enemy, "implement" democracy there, and hope that others will adopt it. The problem with this line of thinking, specially concerning Islam, is that you simply cannot "sell" the idea of "western freedoms" to those who never experienced them, who don't even want it. And when I say experience them, I don't mean moving to America, watching sitcoms, driving on a freeway and fornicating with "infidel women" – which is the idea of freedom that many of the "faithful" seem to have. It is about that certainty that the principles of liberal democracy, such as equal opportunity, the basic human freedoms and the "pursue of happiness", are being uphold.

Then you read that Tony Blair wants to have a "battle of Ideas with the terrorists" (http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?id=2006032108290002436521&dt=20060321082900&w=RTR&coview=). Brilliant! So go ahead, phone George in DC and arrange to fly to some whole in the ground in Afghanistan, and have a nice chat with Osama. Maybe Osama will then change his mind. Maybe Osama will then call off the assault, offer the quintessential Islamic truce. And really show the world who's in charge. May be we should all hear in delight the ideas of these enlightened Islamic terrorists, in the spirit of Recommendation 1162 (http://assembly.coe.int/Documents/AdoptedText/TA91/erec1162.htm).

Give the West what the West most needs right now: (1) a way of rescuing its values, which are being brushed aside (i.e., enough with the multicultural non-sense); (2) the ability to call things what they are (i.e., trash the politically correct garbage); and (3) a positive effort towards ending our dependence on Middle East oil. The terrorists, let them eat lead.

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