Captain Mainline

Friday, January 21, 2005

Why more terror?

If you were a powerful figure in a large oil rich country with a lot of very poor citizens, how would you stay alive? The poor are angry. Could you create a middle class that would not wrench your wealth and power away from you, and kill you? Maybe you could...

Would the safest route be to focus their attention on external factors, such as Israel, the USA, and the West in general?

Now that there is a TV in every village square and the poor can see how badly their lot really is, and the internet is common enough as well- do you need to step up the “hate someone else” message?

I am not surprised the oil rich encourage hatred of external forces- the other choice is revolution. They are rich but they walk a fine line- someday the revolution will come with its guillotine.

What would you do?


  • "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich." I don't know who said it first, but it is spot on.
    As for Israel, they haven't needed much help in keeping Arabs pissed at them for quite some time.

    Maybe Iran remains angry because we armed Sadam Hussein in the 80's. I don't believe that war would have been nearly as bloody if not for our intervention.
    Oh yes, the rulers keep the hatred up,but our policies don't help matters any.

    By Blogger MK, at January 21, 2005 at 9:07 PM  

  • Dissadent, you make good points- but you did not attempt to answer my question. We need to understand the viewpoints of all the players- how can the oil rich rulers move towards open societies without being killed? Do you see how fragile are thier positions?

    A fledgling middle class and a free press would probably incite a violent revolution. What would you do?

    By Blogger Captain Mainline, at January 22, 2005 at 9:57 AM  

  • I see what you're saying.My own personal ideas to bring democracy.

    I would say the best way of doing it would be to take a look at what economisc barriers are keeping people from a decent wage.Economics are not my strong point.I'm spitballing here.
    Also look into opening your country to foreign business such as tech and manufacturing.Make it lucrative for these companies to come to you.
    Ireland transformed their economy during the 90's with this sort of thing.
    Invest heavily in education.
    Relax restrictions on women that some of these countries have.You double your workforce.
    It would be slow going at first and cost a bundle but when the alternative is to be hanged from a lightpost,what's several hundred million dollars?

    By Blogger MK, at January 22, 2005 at 10:48 AM  

  • Disident,

    You have some good points, but unfortunately the leaders in these countries have no interest in promoting the general interest. If they did, their economies would have been transformed years ago. Sadly, their quite happy to keep their people in ignorance and focus their hatred on the U.S. Sure, at some point this must end in violent revolution, but the leaders and their extended families will just run to London. The do this every summer to escape the heat, running from revolution will be no different.

    Ultimately, I think the leadership in these countries will come to see the internet to be as threatening as the communists found the xerox machine. Anything that allows for the broad distribution of information is bad for them. Until that bloody day comes, the rest of us must keep typing, and fund our military.

    By Blogger Pursuit, at January 22, 2005 at 1:22 PM  

  • "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich." I don't know who said it first, but it is spot on.

    I believe that was Napolean.

    That is a good question you ask. I guess you could brutalize people amd make them cower in fear for even trying to express their views. It seems like the most popular choice at the moment, but that is just not me. London sounds good about now.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 28, 2005 at 1:10 PM  

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