Sunday, November 24, 2013

Iran deal generally accepted; young adults often skeptical of working overseas in developing countries

The media is hopping about the deal to let Iran have lighter sanctions in return for constraining its nuclear activities.  John Kerry sounded quite proud of the deal this morning.  CNN has a good summary of what you need to know, link here.
But the reason to contain Iran’s nuclear business is quite straightforward.  It could develop a nuclear weapon and launch missiles toward Israel, maybe further.  And indignant terrorists could try to craft a high-altitude EMP device and launch one off-shore covertly, although that is harder to do that the right wing usually says.
The indignation is an important idea, and I’ll go off track a bit with a recent conversation that I had lately. It does seem that young adults in the engineering area are aware of opportunities in developing countries, but they now regard going to some countries or parts of the world as highly dangerous, especially after the Kenya attacks.  The parts of the world that might need the benefits of water and other engineering projects supported by Matt Damon and others are often among the most unstable, the most under the spell of religious extremism (not always Muslim) and the most hostile to LGBT people or even women in leadership positions, so working there socially can be difficult.
Yet, without “volunteers”, cultural divisions, seeding resentment, keep growing.  Of course, the Peace Corps enters in here, but even the Peace Corps, while accommodating to gays for example, is now concerned when volunteers have high profiles in social media.

It's interesting, too, that I grew up in a time when there was a military draft, and sharing risk at one part of life (at least for men) was expected, unless "deferred".  This is a real "ask not".  

I’ll just say that in some social gatherings, shirt buttons aren’t safe. 

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