Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

What is fomenting terror in the EU?

Dear Editor,

Foment.  A word defined as “A verb used with objects. To instigate or foster (discord, rebellion, etc.); promote the growth or development of:”
“Foment terror”.  These two words concluded the Washington Post’s subtitle to “Attacks in Paris expose European security flaws” (front page 11-29-15). They were used with the ‘objects’ “Intelligence breakdown, radicalization and open borders” in the same subtitle.

If lives really matter, headline words to prevent the future loss of lives should matter too.

Do the three objects in the Post’s subtitle really ‘promote the growth or development of “terror”?  Or, do they reflect the consequences of the fundamental flaws cemented into the system of global governance’ that a few nations agreed to after the end of World War II?   For seventy years the United Nations’ system of international law has fostered global lawlessness and injustices that really underlie the security of Europe and the rest of the world.

A report released this summer by the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance (co-chaired by Madeline Albright and Ibrahim Gambari) offers 85 recommendations to strengthen the post war’s flawed structures and systems that perpetuate with immunity the many local injustices that ultimately have global security consequences. If Europe, the United States and the rest of the world’s people truly seek sustainable security they will give each of these recommendations serious and swift attention.

In the context rapidly escalating global violence and environmental degradation the Commission’s grand proposal for a “World Conference on Global Institutions” for the year 2020 (the 75th anniversary of the UN) seems to lack urgency. 

This December 10th is the anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a profound document intended to prevent future conflict and offer fundamental freedoms to all the world’s people.  It’s past time to reconsider this document’s rational and take solid steps in putting the global protection of human rights, over the rights of nations to employ unjust policies whenever their leaders believe it is in their interest. 

Real efforts to construct institutions for global justice would put most of humanity on our side.  Time is not.

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 (the views expressed above are mine and not necessarily the views of the UNACO)


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