For want of a better title: Conflict, Military Intervention and Nation Building

For want of a better title

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Conflict, Military Intervention and Nation Building

Last night I went to class and dealt with the first class in that course. Interesting as always to see how modern nations deal with the issues of conflict, intervention and nation building.

Similiarly, I think many of the root causes of national conflict can be found in personal conflicts to. History, grudges, actions that to one seem pretty ok, but to another is insulting. Clash of values, opinions, characters. All sources of conflict between nations and peoples. But 85% of all conflicts are internal, and similiarly we face internal conflicts daily. Our conscience wrestles with our greed. Or differing voices jockey for the dominant say (ed: hello).

Intervention... Now that's tricky. Usually when two people argue, close friends or those who would be affected by it intervene. Sometimes we choose not to intervene and let them "sort it out" It happens on the world stage too, like Sudan. Or we try to get them to talk to each other. Sometimes we enforce the peace, like when a mom has to be there to prevent her two kids from going to war. And sometimes we need to just use brute force to hold down both sides, like when we try to break up a fight by holding both parties back. Yeah sometimes we get punched up by it too, but it happens between nations as well. Or there's preemptive intervention, which under international law is ok, you know, like we think two friends may be heading for a confrontation and we head it off. Now preventive intervention... I dunno... it's iffy in international law and iffy in personal relationships. If we think they're heading for disaster in 10 years, we can't quite go in there and say, "you folks are going to get into big trouble in 15 years so we should step in now to solve it."

Building relationships or rebuilding them. Those are the hardest. Nations have a problem with that when they intervene and so do people. Where do we leave and let them sort it out? Do we send them to a relationship course to help them? Do we just tell them to let sleeping dogs lie? Hard to say... The most important part is also the touchy feely part... Hard to determine where to go and hard to figure out when we should stop interfering and let them deal with it themselves.

So much is the same and so much is different when we take macro ideas and bring them to the micro level. The complexities remain the same... Sigh...

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