Traditionalist peoples see these alien values and customs as threatening the conservative culture and lifestyles they want to preserve, and this perception is stimulating a reactive kind of anti-foreignism, which is awakening a religious revival throughout the Muslim world. In other places -- as china and India -- anti-Americanism stimulates rising middle-class nationalism.
And -- let's face it -- anti-Americanism is also being facilitated by what the New Yorker magazine calls a "national appetite for global swaggering." cultural fears raised by McDonald’s ubiquitous outlets, pop music and CNN dominating the air waves, plus recycled Hollywood movies -- which are the global icons advertising America’s presence -- do exaggerate America’s global influence. Indeed, the unrelenting dominance of the western media and commercialism has widened, instead of reduced, the gaps between the rich and the poor.
Let me now say a few words about other needed reforms in the free market system.
As a founding member of the policy advisory commission of the world intellectual property organization ( WIPO-PAC), i have strongly advocated that the rich and developed nations help reduce and eventually neutralize global terrorism by sharing their intellectual property consisting of inventions, innovations, creations and research and development ( R&D) products with the poor countries whose backward conditions provide the breeding grounds for extremism, fanaticism, criminal violence, and suicidal behavior.
At the third meeting of the WIPO-PAC in Geneva last October 11, 2001, i reiterated the importance of caring, sharing and daring among nations in pushing forward the frontiers of universal peace and development. Caring and sharing are probably easy enough to do -- but daring to forego profits and royalties, daring to give more to the environment than take from it, and daring to sacrifice for the common good may be more difficult to do.
For instance, those discoveries and technologies which would be beneficial to the improvement of health, prolongation of life, facilitation of education, enhancement of the environment, and reduction of poverty should be transferred expeditiously and affordably to the "have-not" peoples -- even as WIPO recognizes the need to protect and reward the innovations and inventions of creative people and institutions (which largely come from the affluent countries).
In my view, bridging the deepening gaps in family income, health, security, environmental conditions, social mobility, job opportunities, and material comforts among people around the world would significantly remove the root causes of insurgency, separatism, civil war, and armed conflict, to include the hopelessness that breeds suicide-bombers.