CJ Fearnley's Thoughts About Addressing the Global Security Problem
We must propose a comprehensive, complete solution to the Global
Security Problem (or what the US President has mistakenly called
"the war on terrorism"). Then break it into priorities and implement
those priorities that are most pressing (with or without the support
of big government, big business or big religion). In September
2004, FPIF published the report A Secure America
in a Secure World which provides a comprehensive plan. I endorse
it as the best, most comprehensive plan that I have seen to date.
Here are some additional steps that I think are necessary to address
the Global Security Problem:
- Identify the root causes of violence
(Causes of Violence
and Digging Up The Roots Of Violence By George Hosking).
- Work to reduce violent behavior
Hand That Rocks The Cradle - Summary).
- Work to
and prevent violence apply
An Ounce Of Prevention and recognize that
Violence is a Curable Disease).
- Effective conflict prevention by identifying and redressing the
causes of conflicts before they escalate to the level of
violent responses (that is, terrorism or "pre-emptive" war).
There are two issues: identification of situations that may lead
to conflict (proactive prevention) and developing effective means
to redress those conflicts before they lead to violence (diffusing
- Effective conflict resolution. To resolve the conflict on
a sustainable basis. Which means implementing incisive, real
solutions on a long term basis.
- Effective law enforcement of criminals (I think terrorism needs
to be criminalized. Terrorism is generally not a government
sanctioned activity and can not be effectively handled with the
blunt instrument of war).
I think we need to address the law enforcement issue issue
first. That is, we need to define international law and its
enforcement. History shows that extensive checks and balances
must be applied to law enforcement to ensure justice is carried
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