Due to couple of off line comments I adjusted the channel. The cerebral fare is part of me, but not fun to write.
Lets venture into the surreal. There is a dangerous cult out there. Now some of you are thinking this is another anti Communist rant. Well all of you are wrong. The cult that we are all a part of is the cult of unrealistic expectations and the present status quo.
Nation building has been a disaster. We haven't fixed Haiti in how long. If we can't fix Haiti with no major combat how can we expect Iraq to be run like Iowa. Communists like the Duck point to Haiti and try explain that it is proof that Capatalist countries can be as inept as Cuba.
There are those who see racial problems as a cause of the problems. The reality is that the problems are political instability and a culture of corruption. The acceptability of bribes and corruption hurts business. However the political instability and infighting scares foreign investors. The status quo with US Peacekeepers perpetuates the present cycle of instability.
We could break the cycle by allowing the sides to fight it out until there is a victor of the Strongman variety.
We could create US military run industrial parks. The US military would provide the security and stability to attract investment.
The notion of transitioning from Chaos to democracy may be misguided. Maybe a stogman like a King Hussein who can provide a strongman type of authoritarism ala Pinochet and then transition to democracy would be more natural.
Maybe the notion that all these artifical states drawn up in the 1920 Anglo French treaty is unrewalistic. We now know Yugoslavia was a myth held together by Tito's brutality. Maybe it is unrealistic for us to perpetuate the status quo. The fears about a Shia state being an Iran clone may be misguided. The Shia of Iraq are Arabs and those of Iran are Persian.
If we limit our options to the present realities we may overlook better solutions.