“We must dry up the swamps where terrorism breeds: by education and mutual respect; by perseverance in dialogue at all levels; by the rule of law and good governance; by engaging entire local communities most at risk of radicalization and achieving their satisfactory social integration; by creating job opportunities, especially for the young, who are susceptible to terrorist propaganda,” he said.Tabulating his points: Irrelevant shit: Education, dialogue, "engaging", "integration". True: Rule of law, RESPECT, JOB OPPORTUNITIES. False: None. Considering his careerist handicap, a pretty good record. He gets the two big points right, adds a bunch of ethereal nonsense, and does no harm. Education can be a ferocious negative when done the US/UK way, but I'm pretty sure Auza doesn't mean Critical Queer Studies when he says education.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.