Conflict History

The allies in Afghanistan have done exactly the right thing here. They have limited the deliberate education of past conflict. It is essential that the Afghans forgive and forget, so that they can make progress. Instead of harbouring grudges about the past. Congratulations Afghanistan!

"The history books are deliberately light on detail about the decades (from the 1970s to 2001) of civil war."

Of course, that doesn't mean the details should be suppressed. It's just something that adults should learn about if they're actually interested. Most people are more likely to be interested in soccer than making an effort to learn ancient history.




Minority Rule

According to this opinion poll from February 2004, Saddam Hussein only had 3.3% support. This leverage (3.3% vs 96.7%) is provided courtesy of automatic weapons. We cannot expect enslaved populations to free themselves. External military assistance is required. As the Libyan spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said "These armed gangs would not be able to move a meter, to advance a meter if faced by our army and by our tribes and our families and our volunteers, but because NATO kills anything that moves before the rebels, then these rebels are able to move forward.". That is the military equation, like it or lump it.




Egyptian House of Lords

As I have stated before, my loyalty is to rational, humanist, non-subjugating government - NOT democracy.

The Egyptians democratically-elected an Islamic government. Islamism and Communism are both dogmas, and thus the first rule of being rational is broken, meaning that the minority rationalists were denied their human rights.

It doesn't matter who brainwashed people into Islamism/Communism. It only matters that we can recognize that as such.

I see the Egyptian military as roughly rational, humanist and non-subjugating. Certainly moreso than the elected Muslim Brotherhood Morsi. I see the Egyptian military as a kind of "House of Lords" (in the UK). Power was transferred to a democracy over centuries. I don't think Egypt requires centuries, but it does require the military to keep close tabs on what democracy throws up for now.

What I would really suggest is that a new "Left" and "Right" party are artificially created along economic lines. With both parties staunchly secular. And both parties to be supported by the apolitical military/House of Lords.

I'm also in favour of military rule in Fiji. Instead of the racist civilian government that preceded that.

Anyway, I'm certainly happy to see what I consider to be progress in Egypt. I expected a democratic Syria to be a bit of a clusterfuck like Egypt, but this result in Egypt has reopened optimism for Syria. Syria is an enemy government which should be taken out, even if democracy leads to Islamic rule and there's no secular institution like the military to stand in the way.


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