(Quote) Patricia-29176 said:Paul, what do you think is the solution to the problem of the "extreme wing of Islam"...
(Quote) Patricia-29176 said:
Paul, what do you think is the solution to the problem of the "extreme wing of Islam"? What do you think the U.S. govt. should be doing regarding it? Do you think any other country in the world would stand with us in doing anything (other than Israel)? I would be interested in hearing your opinion (or anyone else's here).
That is really a tough one, Trish.
On a very human basis without thought to morality in any way, one can almost wish that we could just go in and carpet bomb the whole area with Nukes from Iran to Saudi Arabia, plus Afghanistan and Pakistan.
We obviously cannot do that. But I do know we cannot solve the problem by bowing and scraping to them, showing cowardliness and appearing weak. Nor do we gain anything by pouring our hard earned money in gifts as we do to Egypt to the tune of about $2 billion/year and Israel up to $4 billion/yr.
We dismantled our "Radio Free" operations after the fall of the USSR. A similar program aimed at all the Arab countries would do a lot of good. Teaching the populations what freedom is really like. The listeners would then be able to compare what they have to what could be. It took a long time, but it worked where we used it before.
If we give money, it should only be on the condition that the recipient countries clean out all the wackos no matter where they are. Mosques should be no sanctuaries for the extremists.
Instead of cutting our military, we should strenghten it. And when something like Benghazi happens, there should be an immediate military response to punish the country that allowed it to happen.
Thomas Jefferson finally learned the lesson. For years the US paid tribute to the Barbary pirates. Jefferson finally got fed up and sent in the marines. It solved the problems for us and the other nations trading in the area.
We should stop listening to the environmental wackos who are a distinct crazy minority, but have gained power as if they knew what they were talking about. Develop our own oil resources. This country has enough oil to take care of the entire world's need for 100 years. BY developing those resources we will put pressure on those two bit countries that wield far more power than they really have.
Those would be just a start.