Step 1 of my plan to combat international terrorism and Wahhabi extremism: help Jakarta.
Indonesia is the 4th most populous nation in the world. Indonesia is majority Muslim. The situation is dire:
At least 29 people have been killed and at least 340,000 left homeless in a series of floods that inundated Jakarta after rivers and canals burst their banks.
The surges of muddy, polluted water, which rose to a depth of 4 metres (13ft) in places, stranded many residents in the upper floors of their houses, cut off from fresh water and electricity.
We should help these people simply because we can. The fact that providing aid would demonstrate American compassion for all people is a bonus.
We need all the good will we can muster around the world. When we can earn good will through good works, all the better.
Weren't those we helped during the Tsunami mostly Muslim? I am skeptical as to whether we gained any safety in the form of good will. Moderate muslims in our own country don't seem to be a strong voice in combatting terrorism. But moderate Muslims aren't the problem. It is the extremists who will always hate us no matter what. They will not be satisfied until we are a caliphate.
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Humanitarian efforts across the globe will not prevent terrorism, but they will reduce the pool of potential terrorists and restrict funding for terrorist groups.
I agree, yes, there will always be a core group of extremists who must be handled with force. If we are smart about how we use force -- say, for example, we don't indiscriminately torture people and allow photographs of such abuse to be circulated -- and redouble our commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness across the globe, we will marginalize our enemies.