Mark Satin pursues “America’s Purpose” at NAF Terrorism ConferencePosted: September 16, 2005
Radical Middle writer Mark Satin outlines “a
12-Point Plan for Combatting Terrorism and Becoming More
Understanding, More Humane, AND MORE EFFECTIVE in the Process”, based on his
observations of the New America Foundation’s conference on “Terrorism,
Security, and America’s Purpose.”
more listening and learning.
any other global endeavor), the U.S. needs to practice collaboration, foresight,
and an ethically informed approach to power.
Second, America can?t present itself as the sole model. And third,
although elections are important, even more important are (a) rule of law, and
(b) having a genuine opposition party take root.
us to help induce economic progress in all Muslim states, from Morocco to
future, she said, and a future means jobs.
us harm, but we can and
must make it a lot harder for such people to
get their hands on nuclear weapons.
and can be counter-productive when not part of a comprehensive, integrated, and
while the terrorists are becoming more decentralized and flexible
even if the laws may have to be modified to deal with terrorists
the U.S. government, [but] be non-profits, NGOs. Government should
world and truly willing to accept and understand The Other, our responses to
terrorism might be more productive.
if we want to build a new and
radical centrist consensus, then we need to listen to what
is saying. That?s why the conference included expert voices from every
credible point on the American political spectrum, and from at least eight other
The conference?s holistic
perspective was its real message. It modeled the holistic, integrative,
ethically aware worldview we?ll all need to adopt if we want to become
more effective opponents of terrorism, more substantial global citizens, and
more responsive human beings.