@MStevenson58 – the Middle East was doing fine until Western governments started deposing democratically elected leaders (Mossadegh) and propping up dictators (Saddam, Mubarak, House of Saud etc).
The invasion of Iraq was another blatant interference in the affairs of another country. Before the invasion Iraq was in many ways a poster child for a Western-approved system: universal suffrage, secular, highly-educated, and strong leadership. Look at it now.
The US has never had problems dealing with evil dictators like Saddam so long as they remember their place. The moment Saddam stepped out of line – to suggest he sell his oil in euros instead of dollars – he triggered the “weapons of mass destruction” pretence and was invaded.
Apr 12, 2017