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A New Tack

March 5, 2003

A really interesting article, an interview actually, with Lt. Col. Ret. Ralph Peters, who’s described both as a military intellectual and a soldier-historian, titled The Shah Always Falls, on American foreign policy, what we as a country have done to date, and what we should be doing.

I don’t think he’s completely accurate on all his points, but I’m fairly sure he has counter-arguments to my complaints — that the US has acted imperialistically in the past, for one. But he has a way of thinking about things I hadn’t seen before (stability isn’t always for the best), and a few points I strongly agree with (don’t assume that the way things are now is the way they have to be, and the greatest crippling influence on Islamic countries is their repression of their women).

Anyway…for your perusal.

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  1. March 5, 2003 1:44 PM | #1

    OK, very interesting article, but one thing jumped out at me:

    I believe that perhaps our greatest advantage is a tradition that grew up over centuries, that we inherited from England. This is our tradition of openness to new information, of respect for empirical data, and of resistance to theoretical constructs other than those generated within the scientific community. Theoretical constructs did fantastic damage to Europe in the twentieth century, and much of the rest of the world lives in a fantasy land. They do not have our ingrained, hard-learned ability to separate fact from fiction.

    Is there some other US that he lives in? Or maybe he hasn’t been reading the news lately.

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