Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Is the U.S. a Failed State?

This Foreign Affairs article, titled The Iraq We Left Behind, says:
"The Iraqi state cannot provide basic services, including regular electricity in summer, clean water, and decent health care; meanwhile, unemployment among young men hovers close to 30 percent, making them easy recruits for criminal gangs and militant factions. Although the level of violence is down from the worst days of the civil war in 2006 and 2007, the current pace of bombings and shootings is more than enough to leave most Iraqis on edge and deeply uncertain about their futures."

All of this is also true of most American inner cities. And our "American state" certainly doesn't provide decent health care, and one of our two major political parties is adamant in its refusal to do anything to change this.  Sad, isn't it?

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