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Middle Eastern Peace, for Christmas Please!

For 64 years the United States Military Academy at West Point has invited seniors from universities across the United States and teamed them with military cadets in groups to discuss important national issues. The annual four day conference, called the Student Conference on United States Affairs, or SCUSA, is organized and run by the USMA cadets.

In November this year the USMA hosted SCUSA 64. I was pleased and honored to co-chair the group titled: 'Tis The Season? U.S. Democracy promotion During and After the Arab Spring."

It is customary for every group at SCUSA to produce a policy paper and present its gist in a skit. Our group wrote this poem which so impressed me (and my co-chair, a U.S. Army Major) with its creativity, substance and humor that I thought it would make for a singularly relevant column during this holiday season.

(Sing to the tune of "Deck the Halls")

'Tis the season to rebel
In the Middle East it's hot as hell
Why are we not intervening?
In Syria there's people screaming
Don we now our bold solutions
Human rights, security, and limited funding
In an age of austerity,
Middle Eastern peace, for Christmas please!

Torture, violence, and imprisonment
Have become a daily thing
Democracy can solve the problem
If we can embrace diversity
Freedom, dignity, respect and honor
Up the budget to the DoS
Promote our values through social media,
Human capital, museums and books.

Needing stability in the region
Should define our grand strategy.
Exchanges, from Cairo to West Point,
Olmsted, Boren, Fulbright too.
Short term lessons, long term strategies,
Regional cooperation's fine by me.
Learning to love all Americans,
Will happen through diplomacy.

Economics are important
When developing the Middle East
By enhancing microfinance
We're encouraging jobs and growth
Youth need jobs just like us
We should do this to stop Hamas
GDP growth is underrated
When it comes to promoting peace.

Don we now our bold solutions
Human rights, security, and limited funding
In an age of austerity,
Middle Eastern peace, for Christmas please!

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