I’m a little wary of the people who will use Matthew Hoh’s resignation (included at the link) to tell us “I told you so,” or to avoid the depth of the reasons we’re there. In fact, at the very least, it should be incumbent upon all of us with any doubts to come up with other strategies to deal with the threats we face. There are young men in the Arab world (from relatively successful all the way down to failed states), rallying to the cry of Islam’s defense. I see many sources of continued conflict, and many points of contact, and also many opportunities for understanding. Not just ‘understanding,’ as some would use it, but hard fought, hard won, vigorously debated ideas that require sacrifice on everyone’s part.
That’s enough glibness from me.
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