Monthly Archives: July 2015

Dealing with the Devil: On Deals, Compromises and Hope

It’s been a couple of weeks since the treaty between… well, between Iran and the Western World. And it’s not a done deal yet, nor well appreciated[1][2] (although what could happen if it falls through is not good[1][2][3]).

Things to consider:

  • Countries make treaties with enemies. That way they can, in the future, just be agreements.
  • Iranians want the same material things the West wants. And with materialism, as the extremists in ALL religions say while gesticulating wildly, come “Western ways.” Which translates to a yearning for the freedom to pursue one’s passion.
  • I daresay that the ramblings of the religious in the United States as well as Iran sound amazingly similar.
  • Ten years is a long time. The Middle East has government-level issues that, by then, will make regional supremacy a different issue. Fighting over water, fresh water, will be critical. Israel’s water supply is already tapped. The Mediterranean Sea is nine times saltier than the Atlantic so it’s not a source. Power will be an issue to compensate for a much larger economy, and fortunately, Iran has all the raw material for making nuclear power plants. Which are far more attractive than nuclear weapons for Iran’s GDP, which, now that there looks to be a deal, will be important to them.

Security Through Fear, Denial and Obfuscation

None provide security, any more than a blankie or stuffed animal do for a child. They share the idea of appeasing the rulers, keeping citizens focused on staying within the bounds. True security involves teaming with others: for kids, parents and peers: for teens, mentors. For young adults, mentors and thought leaders.

Americans guard liberty, privacy and independence. Terror seeks to eradicate all of these, replacing them, in DAESH’s case, with enslaving, intrusive and totally submissive populaces.

Total openness doesn’t work — security of the many requires a loss of privacy of the few.

The checks and balances of the American government, however we can warp them temporarily. keep us in a swaying balance, like the scales of justice. Guantanamo Bay is an example, as are the ongoing privacy violations of the NSA in communications and subverting American technology to make them more susceptible to covert surveillance — or control.

In the long run, however, liberty, and independence do provide security. even in a world changing as fast as ours. And, ultimately, it is all our world. Not DAESH’s, not Iran’s, and emphatically not the United States’.