This is a link to a post by writer and blogger Ian Welsh about the Middle East and specifically the situation in Syria. I’ve linked to it because the writer seems to cover the main points in a very succinct manner. One of the main points he makes (and he is a North American writer) is that the interventions in Syria and Iraq just did not pass the test for a just war. The interventions have created rather than reduced trouble. For example:

I’m not against all war, or against all violence. Sometimes they are the least worst option. But Syria never passed that test.


With no Iraq invasion, there is no ISIS. Saddam was a bastard, but again, the status quo was better than what the invasion caused.

And this is one of the strange aspects of all these interventions, including Libya. Even in their own terms they have all been manifest failures. Yet there has been no trace of recognition of this from the Western elites. There has been something of a PR adjustment from President Obama who is now telling people that it will take a generation for the invasions to achieve their goals. [1] A handy device since he won’t be around to be judged by then. But apart from this management of expectations (with the results effectively kicked into the long grass) no admission of errors.

Yet, as Ian Welsh points out, George Washington, America’s founding father, counselled against foreign entanglements. Read Ian Welsh’s article:

And perhaps even follow the link to the text of George Washington’s final address, which he provides.

It is certainly the case that present day America has not followed George Washington’s advice:

Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? [America is detached and distant: it does not need to become involved].

Author: justinwyllie

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