As the battle against IS was a welcomed invitation for everyone to do what they are best at, namely to step in too late and to fight with physical power rather than intelligence, so was the intervention timely for the US and Obama. Rather than addressing the root of the problem it is leading a way forward that will once more end in a dead-end.
History is repeating itself. Boom and bust cycles belong to it as much as the created battle fields that help to divert attention from far more serious problems. Over the past few months the once so popular Obama has manoeuvred himself into a situation that had no other way out but a big leap forward. The big question only was “how far did he need to jump?” considering all the domestic shit that is about to hit the fan. Times are so bad that not even old friends from the Bretton Woods clan seem to know a way out. Well, how could the same old Keynesian logic help to address racial challenges that reflect deeper problems than a weak economy?
The Middle East, long ignored by the international community, has repeatedly been a merciful patient when the best experts failed to identify where exactly the bandage was leaking while the wounds growing bigger and bigger. Islamic extremists make the perfect partner. How about Islam in general? Right, “it is a problem as such, not just a religion” find some of the most blinded representatives of the international community. How easy it is to find a scapegoat for world problems!
Luckily we could all so easily forget that the Catholic Church has tortured and slaughtered millions of people over centuries, abused children and committed many more crimes. What makes it different from Islam is only the fact that the Holy See is a bit better organized and, due to the pope, probably disposes of direct web-access to the almighty himself – a big advantage these days.
We can fight many more wars in the Middle East, and if led by the US, they will likely help strengthening the greenback temporarily (before international investors will pay for its repeated fall). However, the challenge in the Arabic world will not be solved until we make the claim of “Sustainable Development” real and learn to consult the public(s), that is, all communities around the globe. A population kept out from participation in the global community by force can but lead to terror and dead. Integrating it in a broader vision could not only bring peace but also a solution for the oh-so-stuck and grey-haired Bretton Woods group. There is a big chance that young people not yet infected by outdated concepts of “growth” measure (i.e. GDP) would also come up with solutions for the so far unfulfilled promises of intragenerational and intergenerational equity contained in the all-too-often claimed sustainable development concept. Clear is that blind leaps forward will most unlikely lead to long-term stability.