Put the people to work in solving Iraq crisis

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2006

Some people insist we can’t cut and run from Iraq. Why, then, have American leaders already cut and run from relevant and tested human knowledge (i.e. on free government, fanaticism, terrorism and war) that would let us succeed there? For example, our military is being used as nannies for political romper rooms. The skills needed to do so are opposed to the skills normally developed by military training. This is dumb and why continued US deployment and civil war in Iraq gets encouraged. To help, here is something more to do.

American leadership must wield America’s greatest weapon — we, the People. They should mobilize and assist all Americans and Iraqis to execute one simple program. Sets of 100 or more American families or citizens would simultaneously contact each Iraqi family or citizen. Americans would ask what we personally, not our government, could do to best help them. We’d all get tax credits and transport for responses to these consequently real requests.

This would get results because the power of terrorists and fanatics historically depends utterly on irresponsible inhumanity, selfishness and injustice between different peoples. Indeed, remedying this is the critical ingredient for suppression of all terrorism and cultural conflicts that every generation of angry young men, egged on by bitter old men, practice.

What’s more important is that this remedy is driven by historically successful principles. You should recognize war expert Captain Liddell-Hart’s military principle of the indirect approach; the Bible’s: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; and, out of Federalist Papers No. 51: Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society.

Why do I dare put so much faith in empowering human beings with these simple principles — or any others to be found in libraries? Let Founding Father Thomas Paine answer:

An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. It will succeed where diplomatic management would fail. It is neither the Rhine, the Channel, nor the Ocean that can arrest progress. It will march on the horizons of the world, and it will conquer.

Stuart L. Thompson


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