September 29, 2007

The awkward problem of our time..

Václav Havel: Struggling alone: The international community's failure to act means watching helplessly as victims of repression in Burma are consigned to their fate:

....On a daily basis, at a great many international and scholarly conferences all over the world, we can hear learned debates about human rights and emotional proclamations in their defense. So how is it possible that the international community remains incapable of responding effectively to dissuade Burma's military rulers from escalating the force that they have begun to unleash in Rangoon and its Buddhist temples?

For dozens of years, the international community has been arguing over how it should reform the United Nations so that it can better secure civic and human dignity in the face of conflicts such as those now taking place in Burma or Darfur, Sudan. It is not the innocent victims of repression who are losing their dignity, but rather the international community, whose failure to act means watching helplessly as the victims are consigned to their fate.

The world's dictators, of course, know exactly what to make of the international community's failure of will and inability to coordinate effective measures. How else can they explain it than as a complete confirmation of the status quo and of their own ability to act with impunity?

Sorry Václav, but you are asking for bread and will inevitably get a stone. Wise up. The "International Community" is a sham, and always has been. Its purpose has always been to prevent action. Its job is to diffuse and paralyze responsibility and decision-making, to prevent nations and individuals from being confronted with a "moment of truth," when morality demands painful action. Whenever a situation seems to be pressing a nation to take difficult steps, the nihilists get to say, "It's no longer acceptable to take unilateral action, like some crazy cowboy. We must work with the International Community." And that's the end of that.

Here's the awkward problem of our time, Mr Havel. War is extinct. At least in its traditional form. Nations no longer war on other nations. (And NO, the US did not go to war with the nations of Iraq and Afghanistan. The regimes we opposed melted away in a couple of weeks, and we were immediately put in the position of helping create legitimate elected governments and working with them against terrorist attacks.)

The "wars" the world has now are all internal wars; genocides and massacres and famines within failed states. Therefore the only way to stop wars in today's world is to wade into those malarial swamps and start cleaning up. And that's a huge problem facing everyone who claims to "work for peace." All the stuff they do is utterly worthless. The only way to really work for peace is to support those who are willing to go in and clean up failed states. And that means the United States of America, and a few of her English-speaking allies. No one else has both the will and the means.

And that means that if you want peace, you support George W Bush, and presidents like him, and help give them the political support to take action, including violent war-like action. There is no other way.

(And if anyone reading this doesn't like what I wrote, don't snivel, show me what's wrong with my logic. Refute me or accept the truth.)

Posted by John Weidner at September 29, 2007 7:51 AM
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