torsdag, juli 28, 2005

The failed state index

her er vi ved at være ved den pinefulde kerne af mange problemer: flygtningestrømme, terror, HIV, borgerkrig, sult, overbefolkning, narkotika osv. Eller sagt omvendt: vellykkede stater set i skandinavisk perspektiv, indskrænker sig til et par og tredive af verdens små 200. Men de ikke fungerende stater er vel at mærke alle medlemmer af FN - en organistation man derfor ikke skal lægge den allerstørste vægt på.Ej heller dets konventioner, hvoraf nogle truer med at gøre alle stater lige "failed".
July/August 2005
About 2 billion people live in countries that are in danger of collapse. In the first annual Failed States Index, FOREIGN POLICY and the Fund for Peace rank the countries about to go over the brink.
America is now threatened less by conquering states than we are by failing ones.” That was the conclusion of the 2002 U.S. National Security Strategy. For a country whose foreign policy in the 20th century was dominated by the struggles against powerful states such as Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union, the U.S. assessment is striking. Nor is the United States alone in diagnosing the problem. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that “ignoring failed states creates problems that sometimes come back to bite us.” French President Jacques Chirac has spoken of “the threat that failed states carry for the world’s equilibrium.” World leaders once worried about who was amassing power; now they worry about the absence of it.
Failed states have made a remarkable odyssey from the periphery to the very center of global politics. During the Cold War, state failure was seen through the prism of superpower conflict and was rarely addressed as a danger in its own right. In the 1990s, “failed states” fell largely into the province of humanitarians and human rights activists, although they did begin to consume the attention of the world’s sole superpower, which led interventions in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo. For so-called foreign-policy realists, however, these states and the problems they posed were a distraction from weightier issues of geopolitics.....................
lille nyttig guide om kunsten at klæde en islamofascistisk demagog af med hans egne midler:
(vist findes Warraq)
Ibn Warraq on How to Debate a Muslim, Part II
The fearless and erudite ex-Muslim Ibn Warraq today continues his evisceration of common apologetic feints used by Islamic and jihadist apologists today with a discussion of the "You are quoting that verse out of context" defense. Part I is here.
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