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August 22, 2005


Luke Meisner

I remain unconvinced that "the war against terrorism is about democracy and freedom," at least insofar as that means continuing down the Bush administration's path of military intervention followed by a botched up attempt at nation building. (I also prefer not to use the term "war" at all when describing how we should address terrorism. It implies by its own logic that military combat is the solution.) A solution to terrorism should be about "economic development." A social system that effectively cultivates and protects a culture of human rights needs money to fund its operations. Before Bangladesh will be able to build such a system on its own, its economy must develop to the point that it has a tax base sufficient to support such a system.

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