Yesterday I attended a presentation where a well-educated speaker stated that terrorism was emerging as a top social problem.
I wanted to respond that actually WAR was the top problem and that terrorism is a derivative of war.
I've spent time in Europe so I know that Europeans have never fully assimilated the migrant flows produced by over a hundred years of colonial manipulation across the globe. Those flows are now exacerbated by endless wars waged by superpowers.
The US neocon plan and military deployments aimed at replacing totalitarian governments in Middle East countries are, in my opinion, responsible for the current immigrant influx into Europe, which has the potential to unleash dangerous thanatopolitics for people trapped between wars and walls:
Glenn Greenwald.Wes Clark and the neocon dream. Salon. November 26, 2011. http://www.salon.com/2011/11/26/wes_clark_and_the_neocon_dream/
In 2007, the retired General described a necon "policy coup" aimed at toppling the governments of 7 countries [in 5 years] ....
The plan to replace 7 governments in 5 years is responsible for the waves of refugees and no doubt is increasing tensions among alienated immigrant communities in Europe.
War is the number one problem, not terrorism. Terrorism is "blow-back" as articulated so effectively by Chalmers Johnson.
I am ashamed that my state, Arizona, has shut its doors to refugees produced by American imperialism. These refugees are mostly women and children. We have a moral responsibility to embrace these people whose lives have been upended by our imperialist undertakings.
Over the years I've had the honor to work with refugees from Africa and the Middle East. They are among the most wonderful people I've met in my life. Their hearts are so big and their capacities for compassion and understanding so great.
I am reminded of the Question of German Guilt written by Karl Jaspers. We all have collective guilt for allowing our leaders to operate as tyrants, to drive us ever closer to collective annihilation.
Terrorism is a symptom of a sick system that could be healed by alternative realizations and value orientations.
Free will means that we can "choose to be otherwise."
Non-violence means we will not be corrupted by our means.
Stewardship means we see ourselves as responsible for the well-being of future generations and non-human life on planet earth.
Collaboration means full inclusion.
Which path do we take?