the elbows of another.

And for what? The naive idea that all of these belligerent nations will somehow work it out and sing kumbayah in multi-part harmony? It's not impossible but it is exceedingly unlikely given all that we know, all that has happened and a strategic analysis of the present. As E. O. Wilson said (in another context): nice theory, wrong species. Could they hire it done? Perhaps a global strength military capability as an extension of a reformulated UN-like entity? How feasible is this given the inability of existing European nations to even agree on what type of aircraft to purchase in joint defense pacts? Could it be privatized, the current popular solution to bureaucratic failure? In either case, what would prevent that organization from becoming the new hegemon? What would be gained? It's just churn, change for the sake of change, providing nothing but entertainment.

This is a hard problem and the feckless nattering of critics of the US position offer no realistic alternatives to the current situation. They are harmless, irrelevant since no change will result from their spit wads launched at the US administration, but they can help keep the world in a useless snit and keep pressure on strategic thinkers to work the problem. In the end all of the talk is for domestic political consumption, intended to either strengthen or weaken favorite sons and daughters for local government jobs. In the end it is a demonstration of why it is so unlikely that nations will cease their bickering and live cooperatively.

Posted by: back40 at October 21, 2002 08:31 PM

Matt -
You were a lone voice of sanity at WorkingForChange in the wake of 9/11, and now you seem to have become a lone voice of sanity among the warbloggers. Judging from the above comments, you are likely to suffer the same fate with them as you did with the lefties, but I, for one, will remain a fan.

Posted by: Timothy Roscoe Carter at October 22, 2002 02:01 AM

Thanks for the thoughtful comments, all! I am squeezed by time and attention-span issues, so I'm going to hold off responding for now, but I intend to further the discussion in an upcoming article about Euro-Atlantic relations.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 22, 2002 01:17 PM
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