The sovereign can no longer say, "You shall think as I do on pain of death;" but he says, "You are free to think differently from me, and to retain your life, your property, and all that you possess; but if such be your determination, you are henceforth an alien among your people."

(Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835)

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Interesting approach to the same old question

"The question is not what to do in Afghanistan, the question is how to respond to an organised international criminal conspiracy." I found this quote in an interview with Andrew Bacevich, professor at Boston University. Bacevich argues that militant Islamism is not an existential threat and should be treated as organised crime, rather than an enemy that we have to defeat militarily.

An international police effort is, according to Bacevich, the appropriate response. He makes a comparison with the (police-)fight against the Mafia that obviously does not include the military occupation of countries.

Bacevich, a retired Colonel of the US Army, shares many more interesting ideas, so make sure to check out the rest of the interview at the Democracy Now! website, or click here.

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