First he turned around and won national championships with USC football.
Then he took the Seattle Seahawks to the promise land and won the Super Bowl last year.
And it appears now, that Pete Carroll had the confidence to fix the situation in Iraq. Yes, that Iraq situation.
In an article from the Seattle Times, reporter Jerry Brewer speaks about a conversation he had with Pete Carroll in the past, where Carroll shares his ideas on how he could’ve fixed Iraq and avoided the deaths from the war. Here’s what he says:
“OK, let me give you an illustration,” Carroll says. “Let’s say, after all the stuff that we heard about what was going on in Iraq, we sent 10,000 people to Iraq as peacefully as we could go. And we walked wherever they would let us go, and we just talked to people and listened to what their issues were. And then we tried to figure out the best way we could support them and change things, as opposed to bombing (expletive) thousands of people with shock and awe. It might’ve taken us longer to influence change, but nobody would’ve died. And the power that we could’ve generated by just being willing to listen and see if there was a way we could answer their call and help them, whatever they wanted.
“Not tell them what to do. Not change them. Just help them go where they wanted to go. What if we had done that? How much money would that have cost us? Give me a thousand peace workers that would go over and do that. Just listen and talk. Think of what we could’ve done, as opposed to killing hundreds of thousands of people or whatever we did. And leave the wrath of what we did.”
Carroll is a positive person, believes in the good in people and that they want to do good deeds. He’s also very involved with helping communities through organizations such as A Better Seattle and A Better LA.
Now to think that Carroll really could’ve stopped Saddam Hussein by asking some do-gooders have a cup of coffee with him and his army is a bit of a reach, but at least it’s admirable and respectable that he does try to look for the best in every scenario.
Now I’m wondering why listening and talking didn’t work with the recent Percy Harvin situation?
H/T: Seattle Times