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Why Western Warmongers Create One Disaster After Another in the Mideast


World  (tags: wars, empires, Middle East, intervention, military )

Freya
- 866 days ago - alternet.org
The wars in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan failed because short-sighted Western interests trumped the needs of the people.



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Past Member (0)
Sunday February 7, 2016, 8:16 am
THANKS FREYA , VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE
 

Kathleen M (211)
Sunday February 7, 2016, 8:40 am
Grimly noted. Thanks for sharing, Freya.
 

Animae C (514)
Sunday February 7, 2016, 1:18 pm
So sad!
Thanx Freya
 

David C (129)
Monday February 8, 2016, 1:45 pm
GOP wants to send more troops to Afghanistan per NPR article with John Kline - R- Congressman from MN-2
 

Birgit W (160)
Monday February 8, 2016, 2:26 pm
War=Money. When will it finally stop?
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday February 8, 2016, 3:40 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Freya.
Yes, excellent article. When Bush decided to invade Afghanistan, we all knew that Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires. Supposedly, he was sending in the troops to find BinLaden. Well, Obama found him SEVERAL years later with a very small amount of personnel and lots of intelligence. So, what are we still doing there? The article does explain it well. Let's not forget all the tax dollars flowing to the Military-Industrial-Corporate Complex to continue all these wars. Corporations making guns, bombs, planes, ships, various weapons......are all profiting immensely. And, who is dying there? Our troops and innocents.

Also glad the article mentioned that Cheney's Halliburton profited to the tune of $39.5 BILLION. Aren't we supposed to be prosecuting war profiteers??
 

Janet B (0)
Monday February 8, 2016, 5:34 pm
Thanks
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday February 8, 2016, 10:42 pm
No, it's "noble errors". They genuinely believed they could secure their interests and make things work out, but they failed because they went about it stupidly. Every single time Western intervention in the Mideast has caused problems like this, the mechanism has been the same: Western leaders generally presumed that the locals would react to events and their actions the same way they would if subject to those same events and actions, totally failing to take into account differences in cultures and social structures. It is a whole lot easier to trigger violence than to resolve it, and Western armies are not about the get lucky and suddenly achieve peace by so blindly blundering about with massive destructive power.

We've seen this before: Americans assumed the Vietnamese would react like Americans would under whatever conditions. Then they tried to bomb North Vietnam into submission, were sure victory was right around the corner for a very long time, and then never understood why they failed. The trouble is that even the consideration of possible differences in culture and social structures is politically loaded: Liberalism is built upon the assumption that differences in such things make no substantial difference to any measure of success nor in any inter-communal interactions. Only conservatives can recognize and act upon the problem, but Western Right-wingers tend not to be overly concerned with the well-being of most of the Middle East.
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday February 9, 2016, 12:18 am
I agree. When America decided to send it's troops to avenge Bin Laden, with false reports on mass destruction, did they think before they sent them. So many men and women have been killed and wounded in the process. I would just have left them to themselves.
 

Winnie A (179)
Tuesday February 9, 2016, 6:34 am
Noted
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday February 9, 2016, 2:05 pm
Thanks
 

Jim Ven (0)
Tuesday February 9, 2016, 3:59 pm
thanks for the article.
 

ewoud k (68)
Wednesday February 10, 2016, 12:07 am
Follow the money, follow the natural resources that can be sold, follow short time profit....

Thanks for posting Freya
 

Roger G (154)
Thursday February 11, 2016, 11:15 am
noted, thanks
 
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