Toffler alert. (Alvin Toffler)
an article by The Economist
(our site's article review)
Toffler is optimistic about the future in 1990. He sees the democratic ideal of freedom of expression as a precondition for economic competitiveness, which is undermining dictatorships. In other words, for the most part, the U.S. needn’t militarily deal with communists and dictators (with the possible exception of people like Saddam Hussein—who we captured in 2003, and the Iraqis hung him), since their very systems are destroying them from within, as happened in the U.S.S.R. This article also says that world opinion is going against murderous regimes, which have no moral legitimacy and must put up with U.N. sanctions.
We'll not be surprised if Iraqis start seeing billboards with "Miss me yet?" under Saddam's picture since the U.S. screwed up Iraq infinitely more than Saddam ever did!
Terrorism has changed things in the 21st century, and we must contend with dictators like Kim Jong-un, Putin, and Assad. (Despite the ongoing civil war in Syria, elections are set to be held on 3 June, 2014. But will Assad move aside if he loses? It is unlikely the election won't be rigged and just as unlikely Assad will lose. Elections have so much violence there that they've been held in nearby countries.) (Putin claims merely to be leader of a democracy called Russia, but he's interfering with the running of Ukraine and those in the know say Russia is far from a democracy. It's a kleptocracy.) (Kim Jong-un gives his people no human rights and he keeps them too afraid to protest. They're all just prisoners in a horribly corrupt regime.)
Kim Jong-un gives his people no human rights and he keeps them too afraid to protest
It is true, in 2016, that world opinion is going against murderous regimes, since the warmongering neocon empire builders like Dubya and Obama have overstayed their troops' welcome in the Middle East, and the world can see that the horrible ISIS mess happened from OBomb'em bungling on a massive scale. The world's biggest worry around 2005 was terrorists, but by 2010 it was the crazy, out-of-control aggression of a rogue state called USA. ISIS has made millions long for the days of Saddam Hussein and for 2000 when the U.S. seemed to stay in their own yard.
We'll not be surprised if Iraqis start seeing billboards with 'Miss me yet?' under Saddam's picture!