WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 — U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf has faced much ridicule after her MSNBC appearance when she made the statements, “We cannot win the war on terror, nor can we win the war on ISIS by killing them. We need to find them jobs. We need to get to the root cause of terrorism, and that is poverty and lack of opportunity in the terrorist community.”
At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, presidential hopeful Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took the opportunity to further criticize Marie Harf. “The State Department spokesperson said recently ‘we can’t win this by killing ISIS, we need to give them jobs.’ What utter and complete nonsense. That is precisely how we win this. We kill the terrorist leaders before they kill us.”
All wars are fought basically for resources. The root cause is wealth of some kind. Money and wealth are even at the root of religious war. Most often, religions fight for supremacy, for opportunity, for control, for status and for wealth.
The same is true for wars about race or ethnicity.
No society that denies others opportunity will be stable. The world will never be stable if one group seeks to deny opportunity to others.
To win loyalty, a system must provide opportunity. People must have a decent meal and realize their potentials on this earth. Only a fool will be loyal to a system that denies him the right to be a full human being. That is why liberty and the free market are the best systems for humanity: They say all are humans.
George W. Bush understood this fact very well. After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Bush authorized billions of dollars to spend on projects in Iraq to ensure that people had jobs and opportunity.
However, according to an article by David Francis in the Fiscal Times, “Some $61 billion was spent on reconstruction projects in Iraq from 2003 to 2012. At least 10 percent of the money cannot be accounted for. Some 15 percent of the money spent, or roughly $8 billion, was wasted.”
Why should people remain loyal to such a corrupt government? The society is in shambles, and government officials steal what is rightfully was meant for the people. That is the result of a large, uncaring government. People with meaningful occupations, who buy into the system, will not revolt. The Iraqi government is corrupt. ISIS took advantage of this and has promised it will offer better for its followers and supporters.
Where there is no liberty, an elite always feels obliged to take money for itself. No one in Iraq has been held responsible for the billions of dollars that are missing.
Despite the promises by ISIS, it offers only the illusion of something better. Its repressive tactics suggest it will be no better than previous corrupt governments.
ISIS has been so good at its strategy that people are leaving Western countries in droves to join. Knowing very well the disillusionment of young people around the world, ISIS has offered them belonging and the promise of opportunity. The young Muslim scientist or engineer who has no opportunity has been promised a chance in a future caliphate created by ISIS. ISIS is even willing to accept newly converted Muslims, young Westerners who feel oppressed in their own societies. They are welcomed and told they can be part of the new ISIS society.
ISIS, however, is disingenuous. It represents yet more oppression and certainly does not promise liberty or freedom.
A true free market would never allow such large income disparities based on ethnic and racial lines. Yes, freedom is about job opportunities. If people want to pretend it is not, they should not be surprised if they end up with increasing government intrusion in an attempt to hold society together. And yes, it is our fault for being immoral. We will deserve the police state that is coming.
To understand the rise of ISIS and what is to follow it is best to quote President Kennedy: “We are told that foreign correspondent Marx, stone broke, and with a family ill and undernourished, constantly appealed to Greeley and managing editor Charles Dana for an increase in his munificent salary of $5 per installment, a salary which he and Engels ungratefully labeled as the ‘lousiest petty bourgeois cheating.’
“But when all his financial appeals were refused, Marx looked around for other means of livelihood and fame, eventually terminating his relationship with the Tribune and devoting his talents full time to the cause that would bequeath the world the seeds of Leninism, Stalinism, revolution and the cold war.”
Those who are ostracized, those who are artificially denied opportunities, those who are refused freedom and liberty are the ones who revolt. They are the perfect targets for extremist groups like ISIS.
Only a delusional mind can believe that, when a significant section of the population has only part-time work with no benefits, that society will remain stable. It will end badly. Liberty is not an extreme no matter how Hollywood tries to portray it in movies like “The Dark Knight Rises.”
This world has more than enough resources to ensure every human has a full stomach without the need to go toward police states.
Why would somebody leave the liberty of a Western developed country for some caliphate ideal that has already shown itself to lack freedom?
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