Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In the Sahel, a Better Way to Nip anti-US Sentiment

There are better ways to fight anti-US extremism in the Sahel than by pursuing policies that fan those exact sentiments. For example, instead of stomping on them, how about we subsidize a hundred thousand flights a year to the Hajj? The vast majority of the men of the region are too poor to undertake the pilgrimage. Yet for many it's one of the most important and meaningful things they could ever do. The cost, at I'm guesstimating $200 a pop, would be minimal in the military's scheme of things. But the amount of gratitude and good will we'd engender would be priceless.

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