Pre-empting Henry Hyde's Nightmare
We, living in capitalist countries, are becoming aware of a
world which seems not to appreciate all we have done for them. There is a
growing antipathy toward ‘The West’ around the world.
As Henry Hyde said, on October 3 2001, weeks after the destruction of the twin towers
of the World Trade Center in New York:
Let us begin by accepting there is no single enemy to be
defeated, no one network to be eliminated. Al-Qa’eda is but our most prominent
opponent, but its outlook is shared by many others who are equally committed to
We know now that we have permanent, mortal enemies…
If we have 'mortal enemies' then we need to know what is driving
apparently intelligent, resourceful people into opposing us, even at the risk of
their own lives.
Where is this disenchantment coming from?
It doesn't matter that you and I wish that things were
different. Unless we understand what is driving people to become our enemies we
are likely to continue creating the very circumstances which seem to drive
seize upon our vulnerabilities to bloody us, to murder our
citizens, to commit horror for the purpose of forcing horror upon us…
How truly sad it will be if we and our children have to live our
lives in a state of permanent apprehension, committed to Henry Hyde's vision of the future:
Our strategy, plans, and actions must be comprehensive,
deliberate and formulated for the long-term. We must be prepared not only to
protect ourselves from new assaults, not only to intercept and frustrate them,
but to eliminate new threats at their source. This must be a permanent campaign,
similar to the ancient one humanity has waged against disease and its
never-ending assault upon our defenses.
This site is committed to exploring the conditions which have
produced consequences like these in so many places around the world.
It doesn't have all the 'answers', it merely attempts to set the
scene so that you and I, together, might use the skills which our education has
given us to tease out the reasons and devise means of addressing the issues
I hope you will contribute your insights, as I will contribute
mine1 , to addressing a problem which has already cost
countless lives and trillions of dollars.
1 While the writings on this site all address these
issues, this article provides an explanation of some of the core
problems: Ideology, The World Economic System and Revitalisation