Civility in society
Posted by aogMonday, 23 June 2003 at 16:12 TrackBack Ping URL
The current sabotage problems in Iraq are a demonstration of just how civil our society really is. It has long been a source of amazement to me that the disgruntled don't resort to serious sabotage. There are facilities across the entire country that would be very vulnerable to a determined saboteur (particularly one who was willing to die in the act), yet attacks on such facilities are rare if not non-existent. The attack in Oklahoma City is major news years later because it is so far out of the ordinary. What accounts for this?

I'm not sure, but it's interesting that the Caliphascists have been able to mount just one really terrorist attack in the US (the DC sniper) since the 11 Sep. attacks. Given the almost constant attacks on Israel, why haven't the Caliphascists been able to mount at least some in the US?

I think that this shows that it's harder than it looks from an armchair to actually conduct terrorist attacks, in terms of men and material. Israel is deeply entangled with an area which is adjacent to their nation and over which the Israelis are unable to exert real control. Moreover, the local government, the other neighboring governments and the UN (a pseudo-local government in much of the West Bank) are all complicit to varying degrees in not only overlooking the terrorist networks but aiding them.

The moral here is that restoration of civil society has to be a top priority for the occupation of Iraq. In many ways this occupation will parallel that of the West Bank. Creating local, accountable government and ensuring liberty is far more important that reconstituting the Iraqi federal government. This would be the historical pattern that gave rise to the US itself, where the federal government was built from the numerous elements of local government. That kind of evolution is what makes the citizens stake holders in the government, rather than separate, passive objects of governance.