Comments: What We Can Learn from the War on Cancer

Off course you are right. Another good reason for terrorism is that the we in the west have a blind spot for our own double standards.

Noam Chomsky has a lot of interresting points to say about this.

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Posted by Max M at May 19, 2004 12:42 PM

Of course, arab culture holds plenty of self-ignored double standards too. But most islamic governments are not really fighting a broad "war on terror" but rather internal anti-terrorism suppression, and hence the inconsistencies usually don't cause too much problems. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan though, seem to run into problems in this respect as the double standards of their governments in respect to both being west-friendly *and* relatively hardline islamist friendly collide.

Chomsky is interesting as an example of the use of having internal criticism and a broad approach to problem-solving. Without people like him the US would likely have been far less able to project power - the open society weeds out the most stupid plans and practices (mostly after they have been implemented, of course) and makes sure the mistakes are not repeated. The internal criticisms after Vietnam helped shape new military and political strategies. Which of course can be misused, but only once. Then it is time to try new mistakes.

Posted by Anders at May 19, 2004 07:06 PM

"Then it is time to try new mistakes"

Well the war on Terrorism should end and so should Terrorism in the first place

Posted by Shelly at May 22, 2004 12:20 PM