[quote]Originally posted by groverat:
<strong>An anti-US website?</strong><hr></blockquote>
You really can't manage to read more out of it than that?
You'll probably hate <a href="http://www.transcend.org/
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[quote]New sponsors appeasement because that's the new global policy idea in Europe. They don't have to worry about it because they aren't going to be the ones who have to clean up the mess when it all goes sour.
Creating safety is not what springs to mind when one studies american military intervention and military aid during the last 50 years.
You'll probably laugh it of, but the case is that the US (and the other imperialist powers) caused much of this mess in the first place.
Would there even have been an Al-Qaida without US meddling in Afghanistan?
At a time where the world should see a fall in conflicts, the cold-war being over and all. Things are seemingly getting worse.
The new, articulated, foreign policy goals of the US are highly disturbing. Alternative thoughts are more needed than ever.
I'm not advocating passivity or the absence of action. Far from it, I'm advocating active diplomacy and dialogue. Peaceful meddling, so to speak. And I have a strong faith in peoples ability to solve their own problems. If your going to interfere in other peoples conflicts there are always more than one approach.
here are two nice stories on conflict resolution:
1: Once upon a time a mullah was on his way on camel to Mecca.
Coming to an oasis he saw three men standing there, crying. So he stopped the camel, and asked, 'My children, what is the matter?' And they answered, 'Our father just passed away, and we loved him so much.' 'But,' said the mullah, 'I am sure he loved you too, and no doubt he has left something behind for you?'
The three men answered: 'Yes, he did indeed, he left behind camels. And in his will it is stated 1/2 to the eldest son, 1/3 to the second and 1/9 to the youngest. We love camels and we agree with the parts to each. But there is a problem: he left behind 17 camels and we have been to school, we know that 17 is a prime number. Loving camels, we cannot divide them.'
The mullah thought for a while, and then said, 'I shall give you my camel, then you will have 18'. And they cried, 'No, you cannot do that, you are on your way to something important . . .' The mullah interrupted them, 'My children, take the camel, go ahead.'
So they divided 18 by 2 and the eldest son got 9 camels, 18 by 3 and the second son got 6 camels, 18 by 9 and the youngest son got 2 camels: a total of 9 + 6 + 2 = 17 camels. One camel was standing there, alone: the mullah's camel. The mullah said: 'Are you happy? Well, then, maybe I can have my camel back?'
And the three men, full of gratitude said, of course, not quite understanding what had happened. The mullah blessed them, mounted his camel, and the last they saw was a tiny cloud of dust, quickly settling in the glowing evening sun.
2: Once upon a time a lawyer was on his way in a fancy car through the desert. Passing an oasis he saw three men standing there, crying. So he stopped the car, and asked, 'What's the matter?' And they answered, 'Our father just passed away, and we loved him so much.' 'But,' said the lawyer, 'I am sure he has made a will. Maybe I can help you, for a fee, of course?'
The three men answered: 'Yes, he did indeed, he left behind camels. And in his will it is stated 1/2 to the eldest son, 1/3 to the second and 1/6 to the youngest. We love camels and we agree with the parts to each. But there is a problem: he left behind 17 camels and we have been to school, we know that 17 is a prime number. Loving camels, we cannot divide them.'
The lawyer thought for a while and then said: 'Very simple. You give me 5 camels, then you have 12. You divide by 2, 3 and 6 and you get 6, 4 and 2 camels respectively.' And so they did. The lawyer tied the five unhappy camels to the car, and the last they saw was a vast cloud of dust, covering the evening sun...