Saturday, July 06, 2002
Incidentally, I have had payments for consulting and exec ed work delayed numerous times. And somehow I have managed not to succumb to the temptation of shooting up the client's frontline workers or customers. (Which is very good news for a particular recently-renamed management consulting firm that took seven months to pay.)
Bin Laden is the known face of a particular brand of politics that committed suicide in New York and Washington on Sept.11, 2001, killing thousands of innocent people in the process.
The article then lays out six elements necessary for the perpetuation of that brand of politics, and argues that all six have been weakened or eliminated.
The one that I found most interesting was:
The fifth element that made Bin Ladenism possible was the West’s, especially America’s, perceived weakness if not actual cowardice. A joke going round the militant Islamist circles until last year was that the only thing the Americans would do if attacked was to sue the attackers in court. That element no longer exists.
Which just goes to show that the "Ledeen doctrine" may be a useful, if somewhat unpalatable, approach for U.S. foreign policy. Jonah Goldberg coined the name a few months ago:
Well, I've long been an admirer of, if not a full-fledged subscriber to, what I call the "Ledeen Doctrine." I'm not sure my friend Michael Ledeen will thank me for ascribing authorship to him and he may have only been semi-serious when he crafted it, but here is the bedrock tenet of the Ledeen Doctrine in more or less his own words: "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."
All else equal, I'm not too keen about throwing our weight around unduly, but if that's what it takes to nip fanatical anti-Western movements in the bud, well, you know what they say about omelets and broken eggs.