Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2002 ML55K
Location: NJ, USA
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RE: What's the solution?
I'm curious about your replies to various threads. What is your definition of a successfully Middle East? Clearly you prefer autonomy, but beyond that what are the goals of the Middle East and how would you achieve them? Perhaps I'm being to occidental in my thinking.
My idea of goals would be for the world to have the same standard of living as the US. They should have to worry about eating too much, not about where their next meal is coming from. Poverty and homelessness should be the exception, not the rule. When people have the time to argue politics after doing what needs to be done to feed their family, they are successful. To me these are basics, but is there something more for the Middle Easterners?
The traditional Western view is that this means a strong international economy and a democratic political system. Clearly the latter is not required, nothing says that a dictator can't have a strong economy and a healthy country. Do you have a way to provide for the people of the Middle East without a strong western-style international economy? This is not to say that you need to be run by Starbucks and McDonalds in order to succeed, but I'm having trouble imagining a successful country that doesn't trade with the west. Perhaps I was a bit hasty in stating that Afghanistan needs a strong economy to be successful. If the ME region could be closed off and treated as a black box from which oil can be purchased by the west it would certainly create a period of anarchy and violence, but perhaps that violence would be short lived and a stronger, more united region would emerge.
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