17.11.15

YOU MEAN A BEAUTIFUL WALL IS HELPFUL?

Common Dreams picks up "A War the West Cannot Win" by Boston University historian Andrew Bacevich.  Put him strongly in the camp of "enough of going abroad for demons to destroy," which might be wise advice, at least until the demons are at the door.  But his policy recommendations include something that's likely to surprise a lot of Common Dreams readers.
Rather than assuming an offensive posture, the West should revert to a defensive one. Instead of attempting to impose its will on the Greater Middle East, it should erect barriers to protect itself from the violence emanating from that quarter. Such barriers will necessarily be imperfect, but they will produce greater security at a more affordable cost than is gained by engaging in futile, open-ended armed conflicts. Rather than vainly attempting to police or control, this revised strategy should seek to contain.
The Hungarians and Slovenes might be showing the way already.  Could get interesting, though, when somebody starts drawing comparisons with the early Cold War policy of containing Communism.  It matters, though, how that containment takes shape, as J. Robert Smith warns readers.
Western Europe’s nations have to reject the diversity worldview that diminishes their civilization and invites their enemies in. Unless nations are strong within -- unless they have confidence and faith in themselves as a people and the values and virtues that elevated them -- they cannot long resist the aggressions of enemies from without.
That strength, though, is a strength of character.
Europeans have a history of embracing hard and resolute men when establishment leaders fail in their duties to safeguard their nations. Most of these men weren’t Churchills.
The European task is more difficult than that facing North Americans, as the United States and Canada are ideological nations, no matter how contested the ideology or how puzzling buying into the idea of the nation is. The European countries generally have their kinship ties right in the country names.

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