On September 10th Young Voices Advocate Alexander McCobin got published on antiwar.com stating that “Obama Might Unwittingly Lead U.S. to a Decade of Peace”:
President Obama might have already achieved more for peace and stability in the Middle East than he is actually aware. The public debate on the Syrian Civil War and a possible U.S. strike on the Assad regime has shown that public opinion strongly favors non-interventionism to the neo-conservativism of recent history. More than a decade of warfare and U.S.-led interventions in the Middle East have illustrated that the use of U.S. military in troubled areas does not necessarily lead to stability and peace.
After a bloody decade-long occupation of multiple countries in the Middle East, the emergence of new terrorist groups, and the disaster in Benghazi, two lessons from the past ten years should be that we aren’t able to predict the unintended consequences of war and that “limited” military campaigns rarely actually come with limits.
Syria can become the tipping point for U.S. foreign policy and the international reputation of the United States. Congress has the chance to show the virtues of western democracy by blocking the President’s war efforts, retiring the agenda of hawkish politicians such as Senator McCain, and keeping the Syrian crisis in the political realm. By doing so, Congress would herald the start of a non-interventionist era of U.S. foreign policy.
In the end, we all just might be glad for having had a president who was too determined to go to war.
Alexander McCobin has also recently been interviewed by RT talking about the G20 Summit and Syria.
Furthermore Alexander McCobin recently published another post on Syria, Military Intervention in Syria Serves Obama, Not the People on www.youngvoicesadvocates.com.
The poor will always stay poor unless, of course, they decide to fight for a substantial wealth tax, the apparent solution of all evil. This is the message of Ricchi e Poveri (The rich and the poor), report of the TV show Presa Diretta aired on Monday 2 September 2013 on the Italian state-owned TV channel Rai Tre (starting from minute 36).
When they contacted me for the interview I was told that Presa Diretta was planning a TV show on young Italians, which study abroad and look for a better future. I was thus very happy to show my fellow Italians that it is possible to have quality education and a good job perspective even without rich parents or political connections. The journalists of Presa Diretta had the opportunity to convey a message of hope for all young Italians, which struggle to get quality education and a good job after graduating.
I am the student in the show, which has been interviewed in front of the London School of Economics and, thanks to the skillful video editors of Presa Diretta, appears as the descendant of super rich parents able to finance the most expensive studies and a luxurious life in London, for several thousand pounds per month. The reality is different. I am not the son of rich or super rich parents. As I told the journalist Elena Stramentinoli, English law firms pay the Legal Practice Course tuition fees to the students who will start working for them. The law firms pay them also additional money in order to finance living expenses (however, I am able to survive in London with approximately £800 per month, not the several thousand referred to in the TV show). Moreover, I had told the journalist that I am working during my studies and I have worked before graduating in law at the University of Munich at the age of twenty-four. That allowed me to get some work experience and put some money aside.
My experience did not interest the Presa Diretta journalists. It was actually not supporting the arguments in favor of the wealth tax the TV-Team intended to force on the Rai Tre audience.
The majority of young Italians, among them many friends of mine, go abroad in order to escape a country where economic liberty is very low (Italy ranks 83rd in the Index of Economic Freedom, just behind Saudi Arabia and light-years behind Germany and the United Kingdom). Without economic liberty there cannot be social mobility. Those who are already on the top or occupy guaranteed positions, like public servants with their guaranteed workplace, benefit from low social mobility. Hence, it does not surprise that public television conveys a message in favor of more taxes, so that the State has more resources to allocate among its employees and the myriad of bankers and businessmen who, instead of working in a free market, prefer shielding themselves from competition and living out of reciprocal favors exchanged with the political class.
I had the illusion being able to tell a different story, but the journalists of Presa Diretta used me for their purpose. To all my fellow Italians in search of a better future, in which only their merits count, I want to say that they should not be discouraged: catch the opportunities offered by the global world and work for a better future.
On Thursday afternoon RT News Anchor Kevin Owen interviewed Young Voices Advocate Alexander McCobin about his views on the situation in Syria and a possible military intervention by the United States.
McCobin recently published a well-received post on Syria, Military Intervention in Syria Serves Obama, Not the People:
The pro-interventionist alliance of Democrats and Republicans is another illustration how the mainstream parts of both parties try to push for more policing around the world and neglect the people’s opinion on these issues. It is now up to the American public, dovish Democrats, and non-interventionist Republicans to prevent another war. Real liberal Democrats are hopefully starting to understand that the Obama administration practices a style of foreign policy which is diametrically opposed to their fundamental ideas.
It’s about time to finally overcome the neoconservative direction of U.S. foreign policy. Congress and the President have to understand that stability in the Middle East can’t be brought by additional U.S.-led intervention.