“We had to destabilize the area, in order to save it.” – William Lehman
An alleged expert on economics named Thomas Piketty has written a screed on how to combat Daesh… Well, first off, Dr. Piketty is not just an Economist, He seems to be the inheritor of the crown from Keynes on the school of “let’s redistribute the worlds wealth so that everyone has the same outcome” now since Mommy and Daddy where Trotskyites, this is not terribly surprising. In his biography he quickly claims to be “a firm believer in capitalism, private property, and the market”. He keeps using those words, I don’t think they mean what he thinks they mean. I base this belief on the observation that his PHD thesis and all of his later work is completely wrapped around the concept of wealth redistribution and the glories of Socialism. (Which of course gives him firm chops as a believer in the market/snerk\)
Well, with this sort of background, you can guess I am sure, what his solution to Daesh is, and you would be right… As explained by Jim Tankersley’s blog (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/30/why-inequality-is-to-blame-for-the-rise-of-the-islamic-state/?utm_content=bufferad4c4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer) He believes that Inequality is a major driver of Middle Eastern terrorism, and yes, folks, it’s all our (the west) fault. He goes on to point out that the M.E. political and social system is fragile because of the high concentration of oil wealth in few countries with relatively little population, in fact he claims (possibly not without reason) that it’s the worst in the planet. All in all, he claims that the “have not’s” are in a state of semi-slavery, which causes the Jihadists, along with the casualties of the wars in the region, perpetuated by “the West”. “These are the regimes that are militarily and politically supported by Western powers, all too happy to get some crumbs to fund their [soccer] clubs or sell some weapons. No wonder our lessons in social justice and democracy find little welcome among Middle Eastern youth.” We should combat this by “ensure(ing) that Middle eastern oil money funds “regional development,” including far more education”
So let me get this straight. The way to combat Daesh is to force (since they are unlikely to do it willingly) the five or six relatively stable governments (note I said relative) to do what they have proven over the last century that they will not do on their own. IE distribute the wealth equally with the enemy tribes within their own nation. And this will stop Daesh from being able to recruit. This seems to be the basic bottom line to his whole manifesto, if only we the west could make the governments of Saudi, UAE, Qatar etc. give more of their money to help the people instead of helping the people in power, all would be sweetness, light and unicorn farts.
Well the problems with that theory are legion, but let’s just hit a couple high notes.
First the vast majority of the clowns in high places in Daesh (and I’m speaking anything above cannon fodder) are middle class or upper class. They have degrees from various universities, here and abroad. These are not the poor, the poor don’t as a rule revolt, at least not successfully. But get the middle class and upper class pissed (cough G. Washington, P. Revere, T. Jefferson etc etal) and you have a problem. Based on how they are running the areas they do control, they have made it obvious that they’re no Clara Barton distributing free lollypops to the peoples. They just want to be the guys that get all the money, instead of being second tier, and they want the power.
Second how in God’s earth are you going to make the house of Saud do this? Asking pretty please ain’t likely to help. So you’re going to have to force it. Let’s examine this for a second. To stabilize an area we are going to want to destabilize the regimes that are semi stable??? To save the village we had to destroy it? Now don’t mistake me, I am second to none in my complete disrespect for the douches that make up the ruling family in Saudi. But throwing another nation into chaos is just not likely to help. Throwing all the semi stable nations in the region into chaos (wait, isn’t that what Obama tried with the “Arab Spring”? How the fuck is that working for you sparky?) well, I just don’t see that as a reasonable answer.
Daesh has shown themselves to be an excellent opportunistic virus. Find a place with a power vacuum and they’re THERE! Syria, Iraq (another thank you to Obama, for that, though in fairness, Bush was already working on pulling us out, mainly because the Iraqi government wouldn’t give us a Status of Forces agreement that we could live with. Was Bush bluffing? We don’t know. We do know that Obama pulled us out, and Daesh moved in) and Libya (again a hat tip to Arab Spring, and O) all have very large and effective going concerns as part of the umbrella that is Daesh. Now this putz wants us to destabilize more governments to force them to redistribute the wealth…
Tell you what Sparky, show me a place that Redistribution of wealth has worked for more than fifteen years before everything went to shit, and tell me how much of what I EARN you get to take to give to the people that don’t earn anything, and we can talk. (my answer will probably still be NO, but we can at least talk)