Sunday, June 11, 2006
The Gap (Friends and Enemies)
"Gallimaufry I," by Stephen F. DeAngelis, Enterprise Resilience Management Blog, 9 June 2006, http://enterpriseresilienceblog.typepad.com/enterprise_resilience_man/2006/06/gallimaufry_i.html (from Connecting in Conversation).
Steve DeAngelis quotes Tom Friedman and references Tom Barnett, deftly tying the world's greatest globalization pundits together:
Harry Truman's great achievement, argued Mr. Beinart, was persuading his party and the country "that anti-Communism was a liberal principle, not just a conservative one, and that Democrats had their own strategy to deal with it — a strategy that included powerful international institutions like NATO, which made American power legitimate abroad, and civil rights, which made America a better country at home." Democrats need to do the same today. That means, he said, building institutions that can intervene in failed states, offering their own strategies for confronting the jihadists, and dealing honestly and decently with prisoners in this murky war. [Emphasis added]
One of those institutions would be Tom Barnett's System Administrator Force, whose primary purpose is to aid failed states or secure the peace in post-conflict situations. Even more important than institutions, however, is the establishment of an approach that can be used to help coordinate the activities of extant institutions. As I have often written, we believe that Development-in-a-Box with its standards-based foundation and flexible framework is such an approach.
Tom Barnett has two strategies for Shrinking the Gap: the A-Z Ruleset for Invading and Repairing States and Globalization Itself for Lifting Poor Countries Up.
Building the System Administration force is definitely part of this. Sadly, too many in Congress oppose shrinking the Gap. This comes from both the left, such as the Democratic Party's opposition to free trade with Central America, and the right, such as the Republican Party's opposition to immigration.
We have a lot of work to do. But it's worth doing.
Shrink the Gap!
The Democratic Party today is Wallace's, not Truman's. Until a new Truman emerges and shapes the democratic party, I am pessimistic about the USA's ability to come together and shrink the the GAP.
Posted by: purpleslog | Sunday, June 11, 2006
Ultimately we should be able to move up most of the Seam through the Reverse Domino Effect, trusting economic determinism (and the lack of local al Qaeda sympathizers) to do their magic.
The AfroIslamic Gap is a much deeper problem, and I wonder how much groups like Enterra will help, or what precisely they will do...
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Sunday, June 11, 2006
I have been thinking about a third strategy for shrinking the gap (especially if by gap we mean the gap as Africa/Islamic world).
I think the center of gravity of the active enemy (aka islamofascists) should also be attacked.
I think that CoG is Islam or Allah-belief.
The blowback (both internal and external) of a direct attack of islamic/Allah beliefs would be great.
So, I think it would need to be a 5GW effort to at least lessen/weaken islamic/allah beliefs over the long term. I will post details later this week or next.
Posted by: purpleslog | Monday, June 12, 2006
The Islamic aspect of the Gap is real, and the umma now is infected not just with al Qaeda, but with the diseases that made al Qaeda possible.
As Tony Blair has said, we must be tough on terrorism, and on the causes of terrorism.
Likewise, your solution agrees with Tom Barnett's prediction that the United States will have to do more system-level fighting.
The big problem you have is of timeline. The length of religious struggles is significantly longer than the length of even "Long Wars." Think of the centuries of the Christian struggle against Rome , or even the century of the First Three Crusades (1095-1192).
Of course, it can be done. The Arab Caliphate successfully imposed an economic blockade around western Europe that destroyed the last of Romanitas.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Tuesday, June 13, 2006