Source: Lt Gen John Sanderson Defense in the 21st Century, The Future Battlefield, Deakin University Press in association with the Directorate of Army Research and Analysis.
The above reflects very dangerous false naive assumptions on various grounds.
Firstly it assumes unlimited resources from a Western nation/cultural perspective of a nation/culture that ‘Has’ as opposed to nation/culture that ‘Has not’, economic and political power.
Secondly it falsely assumes a common definition of Freedom from a Western nation/cultural perspective.
Thirdly and most importantly foundation cultural codex (textual and exemplar) of Non-Western ideologies will succumb to the rational superiority of a Western nation/cultural perspective because it is all so obvious.
Fourthy the assumption ignores the reality commonality of ethics and diminished conflict between cultures is only really possible at level 1 of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need after which cultural textual, exemplar codex and the charred buildings, broken bodies and lives alas show the reality all so clearly.
Pick up any of the major religious text, some do not even pretend even level 1 of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need is an excuse to come to a 'common understanding'.
Lt General John Sanders experience in Cambodia is reflective of this agreement as to ethical values at level 1 “we have many more similarities across cultural boundaries than is at first obvious.” because this is the level 1 of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need at which all the 34 nation coalition are able to agree on cooperation, as with natural catastrophes. Other areas of cooperation at level 1 the international work on Climate protection, Communicable diseases, etc. these relate to physical survival , the next breath there are very few impediments to a "common understanding" without prejudice of cross cultural acceptance even regards in the main Other - except for the most heinous of cultural codex constructs of Other.
Lt General John Sanders experience in Cambodia should have also taught him it is extremely dangerous for any person, group culture or nation to assume cooperation/compromise above level 1 is at all possible – It beggars belief Lt General John Sanders seeing the pile upon pile of Cambodian human remains did not understand why he was actually in Cambodia.
Fifthly the assumption ignores cultural codex (textual and exemplar) perceptions of cultural developing and developed historical grievance which lie dormant as to action until the ability economic, military, and political enable these grievances to reemerge generally in realignment/throwing off of ethical blockers to such actions as we saw in the merging of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian State. This in itself proves Lt General John Sanders clearly fails to understand in time and space cultural codex rules the nature of communication not the reverse.
Sixth it ignores the fact any number of so called moderates in any cultural construct are going to be impacted disproportionately by the existence of extremists within any cultural behavioral variance. How many persons Lt General John Sanders does it take to move a cultural ethical mean in terms of the actual outcome it informs and not what it’s so called moderates says it informs?
Tony Abbott and the Australian Defense policy establishment given the proposal for joint exercises with China believe erroneously if we all hold hands and prance around the camp fire everything will be fine.
Unless the Defense Force policy elite at least consider the above Australia and others utilizing the exact same rational, cups of tea with adherents of “power comes out of the barrel of a gun” and/or codex containing genocidal constructs be they determined as moderates or extremists will lead to a “common understanding”, Western Democracies are in deep trouble.
Lt General John Sanders as well as others should review the US analysis of the road to World War II and why the US determined the US should have been in a position militarily to remove Japan from Manchuria when Japan invaded that country. Why do you think the US did not go back into its pre-war shell?
Yes hitting the wrong target is a tragedy but history shows any excuse not to act against tyranny for fear of offending or mistakenly hitting the wrong target is an absurdity. If humanity lived in a completely different world where we all wore the same cloths and were able to read without cultural censure the same information on life and everything - Other simply did not exist such rational would be quite alright but we do not.
Lt General John Sanders should have read more widely of those throughout history who scanned the horizon for Other to save them from what were clearly oppressive constructs upon the understanding they would be willing to lose their lives in the process if it meant others would be saved. They were prepared to accept mistakes happen particularly in war. Their voices millions of them sacrificed to any excuse it appears to do nothing.