A Pandora’s box seems to have been opened by the US invasion of Iraq. So now America is in a panic. What to do?
Although it was the actions by the US that have resulted in the current situation in Iraq, another unilateral US invasion of Iraq will not solve the problems. “Two wrongs do not make a right” applies here. However, mistakes can be corrected by doing the right thing the second time around.
First of all, we should be clear that it is no longer an American problem even though it resulted from American actions, and that the US should not interfere for the sake of keeping Iraq under American control. Trying to keep a country under control by another country is a major contributor to many conflicts in the world.
The US should be involved only to help Iraq, only as a world leader, and only through the UN. The US should lead the UN to find consensus on how to help Iraq. A lot of Americans do not trust the UN because it seems like a constraint on the US. However, for the US to lead, she has to lead by example. If any country who does not want to be restrained by the UN can just bypass it, there will be no world order, conflicts will be everywhere and forever.
Simply asking for help from Iran is not a good idea. Iran is the one who has more influence on the current Iraqi government. What is needed in Iraq is a balance of power. Without it, laws are difficult to enforce and so peace is difficult to achieve.
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“The Greenland Norse lived on an island that was surrounded by fish … oceans of fish … but they refused to eat fish. Fish was taboo for the Greenland Norse. The winters got colder and colder, killing the crops and livestock in Greenland until the remaining Norse starved … even though fish were packed gill to gill off their shores.
There were other people in Greenland during those cold winters — the Inuit. They had no problem eating fish. They lived while the Norse died.” – from 5 Fixes America Needs Right Now by Sean Brodrick on uncommonwisdomdaily.com.
I think it is important for Americans to realize that things need to be changed.
I am listing this article under “Immigration Reform” because illegal immigration is mostly about unauthorized employments, which is one kind of underground economy. I don’t know why the author did not mention it.
“Despite several years of peace and the opening of a new hospital, another kind of misery is hitting people in parts of Iraq. Doctors in Fallujah, a major battle zone during the conflict, note a staggering increase in birth defects in the last few years. The Guardian reports that 25% of all babies born at one hospital have birth defects and abnormalities; the March of Dimes estimates that 6% of babies are born with defects globally.” – Read the whole article here. And don’t miss out the comments posted below the article.
The current crisis in the financial world is mostly confined to the investment banks. If all of the investment banks have failed and there is still a need for investment banks, new investment banks will come into existence later. The fact that all investment banks have failed does not hurt commercial banks at all. Banks need to have money first, invest their money later. Since commercial banks still have money, there can always be investment banks later. Why do we have to worry that investment banks have all failed?
The US government keeps spending money on the wrong things such as the Iraq war and the bailouts, that is why the value of the US Dollar keeps dropping. Maybe the devaluation of the US Dollar will help export, but I don’t know if the devaluation of a currency is a good thing to a country in the long run.
I think Americans do need to be more vigilant in places like schools and malls where it is easy to target a lot of people at the same time. Just look at all the school shootings, and the recent mall shooting. Unfortunately, all the walls on the borders, physical and virtual, can not stop these tragedies from happening because the perpetrators are among ourselves. How many illegal immigrants commit this kind of crimes compared to Americans? And every time something like this happen, we have all the passion and time to try to find out why an American did it. Nobody sees it is the same desire for a sense of power that drove these Americans to commit this kind of crimes as the one that is driving some Americans to persecute illegal immigrants. The school shooters and the recent mall shooter felt a sense of power when they did the shooting. Americans who are fighting tooth and nail against illegal immigrants do so also to enjoy a sense of power because illegal immigrants are the ones that are least protected by laws. It is very much for the same reason that the Bush administration went to war in Iraq. They got to enjoy a sense of power when they defeated Saddam Hussein.
This is a kind of indulgence, an indulgence in a sense of power. Like the indulgence in food, sex, alcohol, etc., it is going to ruin those who suffer from it.
All wars and genocides started from defamation. If Iraq was able to sue the United States for defamation, the Iraq war would not have been started.
Turkish people are rightfully alarmed by all the propaganda against them. They absolutely need to fight it. Once they allow it to go unchecked, their existence as a nation will be in jeopardy.
Every country and people should pay attention to what kind of false accusations against them are floating around and fight those accusations as soon as possible. For example, there are so many false accusations against illegal immigrants in the US right now, illegal immigrants in the US are facing the biggest threat ever.
Going back to the issue with Turkey, I think Turkey should try to find a court where they can sue the countries that have passed “genocide” resolutions for defamation.
There are consequences to the US withdrawal from Vietnam. One of them is me ending up being here in New York. A lot of Vietnamese, including a lot of Chinese Vietnamese, had to flee Vietnam afterward. It is a huge lost for a lot of us. Had we been able to stay in Vietnam as citizens with full rights, we would not be subject to a lot of discrimination we are subject to living in other people’s countries. And life in a war, running to bomb shelters in the middle of the night, loosing sleep all the time, was nevertheless fun. Who gets to enjoy the joy of escaping death again and again? Believe me, the joy of life is not in what you have, but in the pursue of what you don’t have.
However, we just have to be realistic about wars because wars are real. The US army will never win any war of this kind because the key to winning a war that has to be short of a genocide is not in the weapons and technologies, but in the people. US soldiers, like the US general population, do not have enough respect for people from other parts of the world to be really interested in helping them. So US soldiers will end up fighting the war for themselves, not for the people that they are supposed to fight for.
Other parts of the world always have their problems. But that is how the whole world has always been and will always be. It would be nice if we can help each other. But if it is obvious that we can not help, then we just have to disengage ourselves.