Once again, Washington, DC writer Don Collins, offers a paradigm shift to give the women of the world a greater "peace factor" impact on future generations. In his latest, "Ft. Hood Reprise: Empowering Women, Particularly Muslims, Key To World Peace--And Containing Immigration" he espouses a specific shift for 50 percent of the human race.
As the violence suggests in the four cops killed by an Islamic brother in Seattle, Washington this week, we must work toward greater understanding. Don Collins provides that in this interview:
Collins said, "Having opined recently about the strong statistical likelihood that increased Muslim immigration into the US will bring a higher level of terrorism, it seems appropriate for me to comment on the only sensible antidote possible over time to bring down this threat here and elsewhere: Empowering women--particularly in Muslim countries.
"Let me begin with some background. There are numerous reports, books and speeches that have been made for years on the favorable effect of empowering women."
"The latest, a new United Nations Population Fund Report "says women hold the key to solving climate change." [State of World Population 2009] Well, that is a new one, but certainly the arguments made in the report are plausible. From UNFPA's press release:
"The report shows that climate change relates differently to women, men, boys and girls, and differently among countries around the world, and even within nations.
"In London, UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid noted that environmental damage "is one of the most inequitable risks of our time.' The carbon footprint of the poorest billion people on Earth is 3 percent of the world's total, yet it is the poor, especially poor women, who will bear the disproportionate brunt of climate change, she said.
""For many people, especially poor women in poor countries, climate change is here and now,' she said. "Women work hard to keep their households together. They fetch the water, find the food and the fuel to cook it, and clean up afterwards. They watch their children's health and care for their illnesses. In recent years, both food and fuel have been harder to find. The available water carries parasites. Malaria is creeping into areas that used to be mosquito-free. And floods, rising seas and drought present growing challenges.'
"The report recommends that countries invest in green technology and reduce emissions, but says they should also empower women to make their own decisions and be involved in public decisions that affect their lives. Nations should invest in women by ensuring alternatives to wood and imported fuel; secure clean water supplies; better roads; access to education for girls; and access to health care, including reproductive health services, especially for women, the report said."[New UNFPA Report Says Women Hold the Key to Solving Climate Change]
"Okay, let's further posit that other long-advocated elements, such as more family planning and better education opportunities for women, are also key to lower birth rates which could eventually stabilize world population at levels which our increasingly vulnerable planet can tolerate--it won't comfortably tolerate the 10 plus billion population now predicted by later in this century.
"This burgeoning population growth will surely continue unless women are provided the means to determine their own fertility. Today, Third World cultures--such as in the Middle East--are totally male-dominated . In too many places, women, half of the world's population, cannot achieve their wishes in every department of life from child bearing to education and career goals. Their terrible mistreatment has been repeatedly exposed, none perhaps more eloquently or poignantly than in the Kristoff/WuDunn book,Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide.
"As I argued in my article on the Gates Foundation's misguided priorities, the massive creation of excess people in places where birth rates have run rampant, inevitably extrude people--which, of course, means emigration to less populated, richer, safer, more democratic countries in Europe and the USA.
"But let me put forth a further, more urgent argument, one which has been forecast earlier in a seminal, but almost ignored book entitled Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World, by Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden.
"You may not be surprised to be told that it is primarily male humans who bring us war. But perhaps you are unaware or unmindful of the driving force behind male tendencies to make war since the dawn of human history--the male sex drive.
"As Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden remind us in Sex and War, for much of human history the most successful and dominant males went to war, took the spoils and--exhibiting classic Darwinian behavior--raped and impregnated women, thereby benefitting future generations with their genes. You know, Genghis Khan, etc.
"Potts explains how crowding and the loss of food supplies leads to wars that are often entered into with enthusiasm by young males who, motivated by patriotism or seeking escape from unemployment or boredom, bond with their mates in tight groups and find excitement or even joy in battle.