Comments on: How fear of al Qaeda hurts U.S. more than al Qaeda http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/ Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:49 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Suav58 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3351 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:08:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3351 Does anyone put any value any more on things like “interesting”, “fulfilling” as, at least partly, opposed to “controllable”?
Can one live a truly interesting life in fully controlled society? I think we were very keen on asking, although not too keen on researching in depth these questions. That was back in the 60′ and 70′. It’s just that the answers used to suit us back then… It is not true that “interesting” and “fulfilling” can not be defined as neatly as “controllable” can be. One looses some poetry as a cost of gaining some insight. Let us call interesting anything that has enough levels of freedom (a point on a straight line has one). A statistic mechanical system can be reduced to a simpler one, at least approximately, when we are able to devise it into ensembles in a right way. This can cut an effort in measurement, assessment and prediction. The cost is that, by typifying “allowable” parameters of individuals we reduce a scope of freedom; we create an ultimate Procrustes bed (or rather a set of them) for the soul. 5 social classes, 9 types of occupation, 4 types of allowable cultural activity for a subclass (or whatever it is – a soul supermarket, if you wish)and nudge, nudge and nudge until the pips squeak or the soul fits.
Ones with more poetic imagination can indulge in seeing Scheherazade like beauty contest, where contestants go through the frame of bells while Masrur is resting on his sword in the shadow… (a bit hermetic, this one, but I mentally tested it on imagination of some Muslim, that I know (knew))
How “evolutionarily stable”, how “uninvadable” i.e. robust the system should be? This depends, not in the least, how much we all decide to abstain from invading each other. Or are we to sacrifice our individual intelligence on the altar of an all powerful AI with IQ above 500?

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By: FabianC http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3345 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:13:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3345 “the once-admired ‘checks and balances’ built into American governance and studied by European schoolchildren”

No one in Europe studies your “checks and balances”, take a look at your broken two party political system that you call a “democracy”, and then take a look at the EU.

The EU is a true democracy, what happens in the EU when a “fiscal cliff” cant be agreed upon? INSTANT ELECTIONS AND THE PEOPLE DECIDE.

The US? Political elite shutdown the government…

How I envy your superior American political system, your above par intelligence, your open mindedness, your levels of fitness and of course how can we forget the “freedom” you Americans hold so dear…

That was all sarcasm btw, you have none of those things.

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By: euro-yank http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3343 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:37:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3343 Agreed. Since 9/11 the American motto has been “BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!” and most Americans will put up with anything

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By: Whatsgoingon http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3341 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:27:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3341 Good article. But David could you share your definition of a “terrorist?” Most of the names we heard about were created using US dollar, like Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, or even Timothy McVeigh. Could you share your thoughts?

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By: RiffakLedifni http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3340 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:47:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3340 Arab turmoil is helping al-Qaeda. Islamist terrorists have been able to take advantage of tumultuous events in the Arab world, from Libya to now Syria (al-Nusra linked al-Qaeda). al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQIM) have suffered blows, but tumultuous events in the Arab world since 2011 have complicated counterterrorism.

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By: PCScipio http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3339 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:10:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3339 This is the real threat to our freedom, but it’s a moneymaker. Instead, the GOP trumpets Obamacare as freedom’s boogyman. Selfishness and fear combined with stubbornness and stupidity ensure our doom.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3338 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:28:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3338 Ike warned us what would happen.

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By: umkomazi http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3337 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:37:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3337 Can someone inside the US, PLEASE explain to that numptie Obama that when “fighting” al qaeda he’s fighting an idea….something that was clearly lost on his predecessor Warmonger Bush.

Obama may as well fight ghosts…AQ recruits from the poor, religious fruitcakes who have no hope, no direction & nothing to lose – and there are MILLIONS of them!

By slaughtering children & grandparents in some far-flung dust bowl “Idontgiveadamnstan” he’s putting up a recruiting poster for AQ..or is Obama so divorced from reality that he can’t grasp that?

But the last 70 years have shown that the US ‘administration’ is so sheltered from the real world, I don’t expect things to change …except that matters will continue to deteriorate & eventually it will all blow up in our faces – so, to Obama & the US administration …”Thanks for screwing it up for everyone – and that includes those living in those strange countries that exist outside the US…yes there ARE other countries….weird as it may seem ..the US is NOT THE WORLD!

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By: awabnavi http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3336 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:03:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3336 The MIGHTY US fears CAVEMEN? LOL!

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By: ptiffany http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/10/25/how-fear-of-al-qaeda-hurts-u-s-more-than-al-qaeda/#comment-3335 Sat, 26 Oct 2013 21:43:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=2722#comment-3335 There is a much, much higher likelihood that some guy will shoot his American wife, friend or neighbor than any act of foreign “terrorism”. In fact, if we were to list causes of death and serious injury, terrorism wouldn’t even be in the top twenty.

If the United States had invested half of the funds it has wasted on military adventurism in health care, we’d be #1 in the world instead of #62.

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