“Americans surely have this superiority complex scholars define it as American Exceptionalism. We really do think that we not only know better than the rest of the world, but that we are better!”
Even as we stoke the Islamic State, we stoke ourselves as well. The longer we fight, the more deeply we are seized by fear. The more we fear, the more fiercely we are determined to fight.
“So I offer the solution that it’s finally time for the Left to engage the Right, and for the Right to do the same. We must concede the validity of each other’s viewpoints, and in doing so hopefully break the cycle of addiction to War, bigotry, and ‘Rightness.’”
French journalist Nicolas Hénin, who was held hostage by ISIS inside Syria for 10 months, makes an impassioned plea against bombing Syria.
For the moment, it seems, humanity still has the chance to write its own history in a fashion that would allow for a perhaps less welcoming but still reasonably palatable world for our children and grandchildren to live in. And be glad of that.
There are so many candidates. But the people included here stand out in their various areas of nefarious behavior: warmaking, tax avoidance, consumer gouging, environmental destruction, and criminal arrogance.
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, is “in the process of setting the agenda in Syria.” It is time nations joined together to figure out a solution to take down ISIS instead of working solo.
For a rich and powerful nation to conclude that it has no choice but to engage in quasi-permanent armed conflict in the far reaches of the planet represents the height of folly. Power confers choice.