So we spend billions on propping up societies whose belief systems are abhorrent to our own, in a fruitless quest for an elusive and illusory level of security that could best be achieved (if it's possible at all) through a practice of non-interventionism and trade.
Three offerings for your Sunday reading:
One: homosexuals killed in Baghdad by the militias we bankroll:
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two gay men were killed in Baghdad's Sadr City slum, a local official said on Saturday, and police said they had found the bodies of four more after clerics urged a crackdown on a perceived spread of homosexuality.
Homosexuality is prohibited almost everywhere in the Middle East, but conditions have become especially dangerous for gays and lesbians in Iraq since the rise of religious militias after U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein six years ago.
"Two young men were killed on Thursday. They were sexual deviants. Their tribes killed them to restore their family honor," a Sadr City official who declined to be named said.
The police source who declined to be named said the bodies of four gay men were unearthed in Sadr City on March 25, each bearing a sign reading "pervert" in Arabic on their chests.
Two: Shi'a women restricted to their homes and subject to conjugal rape in a new Afghani law that Prime Minister Karzai swears won't be as bad as we think it will be--even though he's not willing to share the text of the bill that was passed in secret.
Three: The Pakistan Taliban (you know, Pakistan, the country we're planning to send more billions of dollars in foreign aid) is complaining that we've been unfair to them in accepting false reports of a young girl being flogged:
He said the Taliban did not lash the girl.
Instead, they used young boys to award the punishment. He said the accused was a 34-year-old woman and not a 17-year-old girl. He said the woman was punished for her illicit relations with her father-in-law.
Well, that makes it OK: letting young boys lash thirty-something bimbos is completely all right, and certainly should not derail the peace process.
We cannot police the world. Hell, we cannot police Philadelphia or Camden.
But we continue to spend billions and billions in the attempt.