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This is for Vange.
The libertarian view that peace and freedom go together may be the outlier in current public opinion. But it is a consistent view, the only one compatible with a true concern for human rights, and for social and global well-being. [source]In a perfect world of rational people, I agree. The only problem is... well, read the article. There is a presumption that big government and military forays are a reinforcing pair... and that we would be, and the world would be, a more peaceful place if we simply focused on trade. I think I have to go with "idealistic" and "simplistic."
Commerce is the great mechanism that permits cooperation amidst radical diversity. It is also the basis for the working out of the brotherhood of man. Trade is the key to peace. It allows us to think and act both locally and globally.Uh, we have trade with Venezuela and, gee, they really love us. Haven't heard of the marines doing anything there lately. But dear Hugo seems intent on causing us as much trouble as possible. Trade was supposed to cure that.
We have trade with Mexico [ever hear of NAFTA], but they allow their poor to freely cross our borders to be a burden on our country [while preventing Central Americans from freely crossing into Mexico]. Trade was supposed to cure that. The only war that seems to be going on are from Mexicans trying to establish a drug empire in the U.S. to augment their drug empire in Mexico. Oh wait, I get it. We trade our welfare system, schools and hospitals, for Mexico's drug problems. Sounds fair. It's the fault of the U.S. for having a military [and maybe not using it?].
Sometimes, it is not just about trade or getting along... as much as we would like it to be. Let's face it, the world has a plethora of semi-barbaric cultures and people. As much as most of us would like to ignore them, sometimes for the sake of trade, we have to cross paths with them. Then the conflicts start.
An Afghan girl featured on the Aug. 9 cover of Time magazine after her nose was cut off arrived in the Southland Friday for treatment by local doctors.
The 18-year-old, identified only as Bibi Aisha (Miss Aisha), told Time that her nose and ears were cut off by her abusive husband — with Taliban approval — to punish her for running away. The controversial photo appeared with the headline, "What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan."