The Wind-Farm Solution to ISIS – Counterpunch
Counterpunch’s Solution to ISIS Genociders.
Crazy guys, crazy politics, Counterpunch, America’s best-loved satirical magazine has a solution to ISIS!
“Start by recognizing where ISIS came from.”
We’ll skip this portentous, ponderous, phrases that follow and go straight to the good bits.
This is the programme of Swanson, or What is to Be Done.
1. Apologize for brutalizing the leader of ISIS in Abu Ghraib and to every other prisoner victimized under U.S. occupation.
Indeed, this is certainly the Number One priority.
2. Apologize for destroying the nation of Iraq and to every family there.
I am beginning to wonder who is doing this apologising but I let this go for the moment.
3. Begin making restitution by delivering aid (not “military aid” but actual aid, food, medicine) to the entire nation of Iraq.
4. Apologize for role in war in Syria.
5. Begin making restitution by delivering actual aid to Syria.
Though again, one asks, who is apologising for war in Syria? Other names, such as Assad might possibly spring to mind.
6. Announce a commitment not to provide weapons to Iraq or Syria or Israel or Jordan or Egypt or Bahrain or any other nation anywhere on earth and to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from foreign territories and seas, including Afghanistan. (The U.S. Coast Guard in the Persian Gulf has clearly forgotten where the coast of the U.S. is!)
Abolish weapons! Or, as the author’s book title goes, “War No More”.
But the best follows.
7. Announce a commitment to invest heavily in solar, wind, and other green energy and to provide the same to democratic representative governments.
8. Begin providing Iran with free wind and solar technologies — at much lower cost of course than what it is costing the U.S. and Israel to threaten Iran over a nonexistent nuclear weapons program.
Now this is some original blue-skies thinking!
9. End economic sanctions.
10. Send diplomats to Baghdad and Damascus to negotiate aid and to encourage serious reforms.
11. Send journalists, aid workers, peaceworkers, human shields, and negotiators into crisis zones, understanding that this means risking lives, but fewer lives than further militarization risks.
12. Empower people with agricultural assistance, education, cameras, and internet access.
I think ISIS are already pretty good at Internet access and Cameras!
13. Launch a communications campaign in the United States to replace military recruitment campaigns, focused on building sympathy and desire to serve as critical aid workers, persuading doctors and engineers to volunteer their time to travel to and visit these areas of crisis.
14. Work through the United Nations on all of this.
15. Sign the United States on to the International Criminal Court and voluntarily propose the prosecution of top U.S. officials of this and the preceding regimes for their crimes.
One might ask if ISIS genociders might also be hauled before this court.
But Counterpunch seems determined to pursue other paths.
As another author, Deb Reich, in this vintage edition, says,
Once upon a time, as a few inventive minds labored, most folks said humans cannot fly and are not meant to fly. Then came the airplane. Once upon a time, most folks said the Earth was flat. Then came better instrumentation and braver exploration and, lo and behold, the earth wasn’t flat anymore.
Will we ordinary people, in large enough numbers, awaken in time? Enter, via the GPS of our imagination, the portal to the post-enemies era? Drag with us, kicking and screaming, our makers of policy and our shapers of opinion, our legislators and our law enforcement agencies, over the threshold into the grand new landscape unfolding before us? Stay tuned.
Stay tuned indeed!