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What Is At Stake
The sub-era of the American War on Terror is going to be closed with the death of Osama bin Laden.
It started at the World Trade Center, New York, and has ended in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
If Americans and Muslims in the Middle East get richer and better off in their living, everybody will soon forget about Osama bin Laden and the 3/11 Terror of 2001.
It is possible for the world to take this course.
But, evil will not stop manifest itself in the world in a different form. It is so, since underlying conditions that led to the War on Terror still remain in the U.S. and the Middle East, though the U.S. has the first African American President and the Middle East sees democracy prevailing.
SECTION I: Why Google's Blogger Failed Yesterday?
Yesterday, this blog system Google runs failed all-day long.
Accordingly I could not post a new entry all-day long.
But why did they fail in maintaining and managing properly this blog platform? In their Twitter, they simply wrote (with love to their users?):
Thanks for all the encouragement. We <3 our users! Still working away at restoring you posts. We really appreciate your patience & support! 3 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply
The process and procedures in a server, installed in a building room of Google, that manages and supervises a blog for each user work in a very different way from what is inferred from its appearance on a PC screen at a user's site, though they are driven by events triggered by a user manipulating his keyboard or mouse.
First of all, the control flow and the data flow should be matched in the server for each account that represents a user. A user ID, a user database, and a control mechanism must be matched. Here something wrong can happen, since there are so many users who practice their own blog interaction in their unique manner. Common pieces of programs inside the server might not be able to follow and meet all the conditions caused by various users.
Second, the bunch of computer programs inside the server to control all the blog entries by users is of course commonly used. There is not a one unique group of programs for each blog user. Rather, one common set of computer programs is invoked each time a user logs in. This set must keep order and structure in its program space. But, some programs must work beyond this individual program space to use or link to some common functions and data. And, when so many programs from each user space have accessed certain system functions or data, there can be collision, missing, loss, or unresolved logics or calculation of these program actions that might badly influence a server controlling the whole system interface or the whole system database to put them in a state of malfunction.
Finally, a human error can happen at any time. For convenience of operators and programmers in the Google's Blogger division, some assets in the Blogger system might be diverted for test or development purposes. There is a chance that a certain section of the division might use this Blogger system for training of its stuff or a simulation of prevention of hacking. And when finishing their temporary use of the Blogger system, they might forget to return program or system conditions in the server to the normal state for blog services.
So, anything can happen in a huge and complicated system that is open to the world through the Internet.
And, what is terrible is that internal codes and program statements are not made open to the world as proprietary assets of a company that provides such a service to the world. Any program bugs can forever remain in a system or on a line of program codes.
So, do not trust computers and telecommunications systems, since no engineers and technology companies are perfect.
Now, they wrote in their Twitter again:
Nearly all posts since Wed. are restored, now bringing back comments from last couple days. They should be back this weekend or sooner.
7 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
Remember, for 30 years since its first commercial flight in 1982, the Space Shuttle got blasted and exploded twice. Even the Space Shuttle got blasted and exploded twice losing lives of astronauts. Any machines and systems mankind builds can be broken since he is not the God.
SECTION II: Oil, Arms, and Drugs
The global trade is good for prosperity of mankind in large. But, its infrastructures are being abused by three evil products: oil, arms, and drugs.
Based on 2003 figures, drug trafficking constitutes "the third biggest global commodity in cash terms after oil and the arms trade." (The Independent, 29 February 2004).
There are powerful business and financial interests behind narcotics. From this standpoint, geopolitical and military control over the drug routes is as strategic as oil and oil pipelines
This trade can only prosper if the main actors involved in narcotics have "political friends in high places." Legal and illegal undertakings are increasingly intertwined, the dividing line between "businesspeople" and criminals is blurred.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are at a focal point in this context. Osama bin Laden was a symbolic figure outstanding in this region, though he said he was fighting against the enemy of Islam.
So, we can analyse implication of the end of the sub-era symbolized by Osama bin Laden in this context of studying a global state of trade of oil, arms, and drugs.
In GEC, we learn that today’s global economy is driven by trade in oil, arms, drugs, and slavery (including prostitution). Where neoliberalism flourishes, so do these sectors. On the drug trade, Michel Chossudovsky writes, "The underlying military and intelligence objective is to protect the cocaine and heroin markets, which feed billions of narco-dollars into the Western banking system." Indeed, a recent report by Bloomberg News exposed how Bank of America and Wachovia (now owned by Wells Fargo) finances Mexico's drug cartels:
There were two trends in the global political unrest in the late 20th century: the USS invasion of Afghanistan and the Iran-Iraq War.
From the former Osama bin Laden eventually emerged as an enemy of the U.S. From the latter Saddam Hussein eventually came to stand against the U.S. And, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Saddam's Iraq, Russia is still playing a dangerous game.
The Russian Foreign Ministry says Moscow is ready to boost military relations with Iraq and invest in the war-torn country.
The visit comes amid Russian oil and gas companies' efforts to further increase their activity in Iraq.
From a historical point of view, evil is more concentrated in " Oil, Arms, and Drugs"; hence any Islamic terror doctrine can be situated under these main evil.
In other word, bad guys supported AlQaeda, simply because it can be advantageous for their business with "Oil, Arms, and Drugs." From a historical point of view, it can be even said that Osama bin Laden took minor part in the scenario of the collapse of the USSR and and some major part in the collapse of Saddam's Iraq.
The main players are dealers hidden in tall buildings in big cities in the world who are making big money in their indirect association with "Oil, Arms, and Drugs" but not poor lonely young Muslims wanting their own justice to be done.
So, do not misunderstand it. What made possible the 9/11 Terror of 2001 on America was not a network of poor lonely young Muslims but complicated and multi-layered networks of those who deal with "Oil, Arms, and Drugs" for big profits.
Ultimately, the issue should be redefined as Islam, Christianity, Judaism vs. "Oil, Arms, and Drugs" but not poor lonely young Muslims vs. the enemy of Islam.
SECTION III: War on the Middle East
The Middle East is the place with little rain fall but plenty of crude oil in addition to so many Muslims who have not yet succeeded in the Industrial Revolution unlike China.
Hence, European/American rich men could easily expand their influence.
Such stark contrast between Europe and the Middle East in terms of climate has symbolized the gap in culture and religion. No Europeans and Americans would like to move to the Middle East to have a richer life. No rich life being surrounded by the rich nature is possible. Besides, too many are there who do not respect Christianity. Maybe in the era of the Roman Empire, some Europeans might want to occupy agricultural zones on the Nile or the Euphrates for rich agricultural products. But, essentially the Middle East is not an attractive land for Europeans and Americans.
So, without crude oil and the nation Israel, the situation must have been simple.
Yet, existence of crude oil and the nation Israel have drawn rich Europeans and Americans to this dry zone, leading to warped intimacy between rich Europeans and Americans and the ruling class of the region (like the case of Saudi Arabia) and also to reaction to expansion of the Western influence (like the case of Iran).
And, as the European/American way of politics is not effective to this dry region, it has taken so many centuries for democracy to start to prevail in the Middle East, while so many wars have been fought there due to strong political friction among peoples in the Middle East under European, Russian, and American bare influences. As the land is dry, not many buffers are there between rivals.
So, in this condition, existence of crude oil and the nation Israel have looked like making the Middle East forever subject to Western power. All they can do seems to just make a war among themselves or against America and NATO without a hope of victory. Conversely, European and American rich men can control the Middle East through wars or only wars, since everything is so different between the Christian world and the Islamic world as the climate suggests.
In this context, it is so futile for anti-American Muslims to rely on war as a means to secure their interest and pride. Europe and America are well prepared for war in the Middle East whether intentionally or unintentionally.
It is time for them to reconsider why Allah gives them crude oil but not plenty of rainfalls. And, why Israel but not the Vatican is around Jerusalem.
Anyway, for rich Europeans and Americans, war in the Middle East is nothing that can threaten their rich life in the rich nature in their homelands.
That is why Afghanistan was once left in a civil war after withdrawal of Soviet troops, why Iraq and Iran were left in their war for so long, why armed conflicts have been so poorly managed through ineffective American interference in Palestine, why the American war in Iraq was supported overwhelmingly by American citizens, and why the war between the U.S. and AlQaeda has been fought so determinedly by the U.S. Government.
Yet, Muslims in the Middle East can start to change their society to make it a platform for a new Islamic kingdom which must be democratic.
Finally, the economic success of China looks like giving a kind of encouragement to change themselves to Muslims in the Middle East.
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If there is a gap between the rich and the poor in the Islamic society, the distortion of the society should be resolved through Islamic and democratic process.
But, there were no democratic systems in the Islamic society, and poor Muslims were taught to hate and attack America while the rich in the Middle East were mostly safe.
Anger of the poor Muslims has been diverted from problems in their own society to America. The difference in religion between the Middle East and America has been abused and overemphasized.
This situation must be changed. And, the gap between the rich and the poor in the Islamic society must be overcome.
Consequently, America will be safer. Eventually, the only war the U.S. must face would be a drug war fought around its border to Mexico.
(Even a stupid movie sometimes served as an apologue for some peoples to avoid a stupid fight...if they could correctly enjoy it.
Joh 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
Joh 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: