When talking about cultures and political positions, journalists and historians often employ the term “West” to imply nations that a not communists and not oriental, for instance. Using the term as did The Guardian in the headline of a story posted here, misses the mark so widely that it demands correction. The point is that the world is now divided between democratic governments that honor individual freedom and tolerance for differences and those that don’t. That is the world is divided between the free world and not. It has nothing do with the direction or historical use of the term.
Another major correction for The Guardian story about ISIS in Syria is about what constitutes a “robust” response. It is also about the definition of the problem itself.
- Instability among populations in the Middle East correlates with the absence of democratic governments and ideals that are aligned with individual freedom and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Citizen protests often erupt into violence and oppression
- Citizen revolts, however justified, are often accompanied by Islamic radicalism
- Islamic radicalism has spread to Muslim populations that are located in nations outside the Middle East that includes terrorism and insurgency.
The challenge is to the free world to respond to the threats that are born in the Middle East and that are spreading throughout the world.
The free world must respond in a concerted and strategic fashion that emanates from universal foreign policy and collaborative effort among allies to eliminate the problem at its source.
The free world must formally convene for the purpose of producing a universal policy in dealing with the threat from the Middle East to global security.
Who are invited? Who are not?
Let’s make a list together. Readers are invited to contribute to shaping it.
Does anyone want to opt out?
Do any of these nations want to join?
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jordan: Why maybe?
“Although Jordan is a constitutional monarchy, the king holds wide executive and legislative powers.”
China: Since China is a significant economic power and since its Constitution is aimed in the right direction, improvements in implementing freedom would add its being invited to join the free world.
“The Chinese democracy movement, social activists, and some members of the Communist Party of China have all identified the need for social and political reform. While economic and social controls have been significantly relaxed in China since the 1970s, political freedom is still tightly restricted. The Constitution of the People's Republic of China states that the "fundamental rights" of citizens include freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, universal suffrage, and property rights. However, in practice, these provisions do not afford significant protection against criminal prosecution by the state.”
Observe that Russia is on this list.
United Arab Emirates
“Isis gains in Syria put pressure on west to deliver more robust response
US looks at options for action in Iraq as Islamic State ramps up attacks while senior Tories call for UK to join in air strikes
Spencer Ackerman in New York, Andrew Sparrow and Martin Chulov
The Guardian, Friday 22 August 2014 15.48 EDT
Western powers are coming under mounting pressure to do more to confront Islamic State (Isis) in its stronghold in Syria, as the heavily armed militants edged closer to taking an important air base that would cement their domination over a swath of the country's north.
As US aircraft continued to pound the Islamist militants in northern Iraq, the Obama administration was studying a range of options for pressuring Isis in Syria, primarily through training "moderate" Syrian rebels as a proxy force, with air strikes as a possible backup.
Leaders in Washington and London are adamant they will not collaborate with the regime of Bashar al-Assad in tackling their common enemy, and on Friday the Pentagon insisted that it had yet to decide on whether to expand the US air war into Syria.
But Isis has demonstrated its rampant authority in northern Syria in recent days, with the brazen murder of the US hostage James Foley and a series of attacks on towns and villages in the north, including the vital airbase at Taqba, where it has surrounded a detachment of Syrian army soldiers. It now holds a swath of territory in Syria and Iraq that is larger than the UK and home to at least four million people.
"The Islamic State is now the most capable military power in the Middle East outside Israel," a senior regional diplomat said on Friday.”