How to respond to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic interests in the Muslim world? One especially appropriate tool we have at hand involves the State Department itself: the issuance of visas. If the Egyptians cannot bring themselves to behave like civilized human beings, then there is no reason to extend to them the benefits of international norms that they have no intention of respecting.Oh yeah, everyone wants to do business in Houston. I guess this would work because there are no other countries or schools or business districts or shopping opportunities in the world that are attractive to rich people.
To my mind, the best thing about using visas as a sanction tool is that doing so hits the ruling elites in a very sensitive area. They want to send their children to Stanford, attend conferences at Harvard, do business in Houston, and send their mistresses shopping on Fifth Avenue, just like members of any other ruling elite in the world. We should categorically cut them off. Let Egypt’s best and brightest spend their days in their dreary and backward homeland; perhaps that would provide them with an appropriate incentive for improving the place.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The American Exception
Mitt-blower Kevin D. Williamson:
Posted by Substance McGravitas at 12:32 PM