Yesterday’s post mentioned 3 things that the U.S. and the rest of the world could do to stop terrorism and some bigger global issues. Today I would like to present some ideas for how we could go about doing these 3 things:
1. Focus on and solve the problem (i.e.. the hatred of the U.S.)
We as Americans have to be more conscious of how we act on the world stage. We are that 500 pound gorilla, always showing our strength and imposing our ideas. We need to deal with ourselves – make us better neighbors.
2. Find & punish the perpetrators of terrorism (all of them)
The U.S., its allies, and every other nation on earth should come to an agreement on terrorism and terrorists. Every nation should be vigilant in its efforts to root out and put down any terrorists within their borders. Failing to do this will result in strict penalties for the negligent countries. Privileges like the opportunity to fly planes into the “rule abiding” countries and economic sanctions are just a couple of the ways that we could put pressure on countries that are more friendly to terrorists types.
3. Solidify the alliances (and even unify) with the governments of the world
Finally, the most difficult task is to begin to make strides towards diminishing national and cultural borders. Much like how the European Union hopes to diminish economic borders in Europe, we must all work to reduce the misunderstandings and misinformation that causes tension today; create a new vision of a more unified and cooperative world for the near future; and actually start building the framework for a new world organization (can the United Nations ever be effective the way it stands now?) that will aid in governing and maintaining the world’s population, ecosystem, and lasting peace.
Are these ideas utopian. They may appear that way. But they really aren’t all that far-fetched. We may even see all three of these things begin to take shape in the next 20 years.