Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Alternatives to war

He who claims that war is the only possible course of action short of annihilation either has not looked for alternatives or has left looking for them until it was too late. These are signs either of weak leadership or of bad leadership. Weak leaders delay too long, whereas bad leaders don't want to find alternatives to war.
The United Nations is fundamentally opposed to the assassination of leaders of rogue nations, yet it is prepared to sanction war against their countries under certain circumstances. When we compare how many people die in each of these scenarios, a case could be made to claim that the UN approves of genocide of the people of certain countries, as citizens die in war more often than leaders.
Advertising agencies and terrorist networks very successfuly use the principles of socialisation of people whose minds they want to secure, but political leaders only use war and threat of war as tools of persuasion of rogue leaders. Embargoes and economic sanctions serve to harm the very citizens that they are intended to help.
Political leaders who want to involve their countries in war hire experts in sociological principles to run their propaganda campaigns. Why do leaders or potential leaders who want peace not do the same?
A country with a TIA (Turning It Around--see URL below) plan in place would not consider war as an alternative because it would not have left options until it was too late to act in any other way.
People do not care about the leadership of their country because they are taught not to care. The few who have their own agendas to put forward teach everyone else that taking an interest in the governing of one's country is both wrong and boring. Yet those few who wrest control find government exciting, stimulating, sometimes even thrilling.
We listen too much to the wrong people because the wrong people tell us what we want to hear. Then we elect them or the people they represent. They have successfully used the principles of sociology.
We have successfully allowed ourselves to become dumber.
Read more about TIA at

Bill Allin
Turning It Around

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