American Scholar discusses America’s French ComplexIPSweb
Mr. Kiser observed that the French had been a little ahead of the Americans in that they knew the local culture, learned Arabic and used local tribes for maintaining control. In contrast, Americans had not leveled with the local population and knew nothing about the Arab culture: “They have rather committed human rights violations and incidents like Abu Gharib prison have sullied America’s reputation badly.”
IPS Chairman Senator Khurshid Ahmed commented that colonialism had to give way to pluralism to meet modern needs; terrorism was the “weapon of the weak” in a world that had an “asymmetry of power;” and that America needed to chose between subjugating the world by force and providing moral leadership.
A lively Q&A session followed the talk. The event ended with concluding remarks by the Chairperson, former ambassador, Dr. S. M. Koreshi.