Dear Editor:

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, but what if this new “friend” is the enemy of an ally/friend?

Today in what is left of Iraq, Iran and the U.S. are joining forces to contain the new enemy. While Saudia Arabia rejoices at the threat to the “existing” Iraq government. Meanwhile, the enemy-of-my-enemy (ISIS) has gained the territory that contains oil and electrical generating plants; and is mixing killing the “bad” Muslims with them selling oil and electricity to the existing government in Baghdad, their mortal enemy.

And we thought we had political troubles between conservatives and liberals. Well we do of a sorts; but not unsolvable. Yes, we have an extraordinary income/opportunity gap. Yes, we have a looming retirement “catch 22” (2030). Yes, we have our religious sects that would like to establish their Christian version of the Muslim Caliphate with their god dictating sort of a Christian Sharia. Yes, we have our youth locked into paying twice the commercial loan rate for their college loans. And yes, we are exhausting all our natural resources, our environment, global power built after WWII, the cultural integrity of the European Anglo-Saxon nation through diversity. Yes, women have never lost so much freedom to misogynists; but are we through as a nation? I think the answer boils down to the recognition of man’s basic default positions of the thirst for power, greed and our unending ability to hate.

Alnoor Ladha: “Economic growth is one of the most powerful and pervasive ideas of our time. We’re told that it’s essential to improving our well-being and to reducing poverty. It’s always cast as a win-win situation: it has the status of an absolute truth. It’s never questioned. But it doesn’t take much thought to realize that we have a model of economic growth that is in fact profoundly destructive. Maybe the path to consensus isn’t about greed but rather It’s about security,” he said.

“It’s also as much about hope for the next generation as it is about the success of this one,” said Hirschl. In their book, the authors write that besides economic security, the American dream includes “finding and pursuing a rewarding career, leading a healthy and personally fulfilling life, and being able to retire in comfort.” I agree that is a consensus-building common goal, the rest is a rounding error.

Dave Blake

This story was posted on July 10, 2014.