At the end of WWII, the warring factions in Yugoslavia were united under the Dictatorship of Josip Tito, despite the fact that the Nazi-puppet Croat regime had carried out a systematic slaughter, of the Serbs, during the war. A decade after his death Yugoslavia descended into chaos. Another dictator, Slobodan Milosevic, tried to stamp his authority but he was forced from power, largely due to military intervention by the West. The former states of Yugoslavia - Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo are now at peace, so it would seem that the intervention was relatively successful. However...this is Europe. It is an entirely different story in the Middle-East.
During the Arab Spring the ruling regimes in Egypt and Libya were overthrown. Colonel Gaddafi was overthrown....again....following military intervention by the West. Gaddafi ran a relatively secular regime.
Syria has descended into civil war. It is ruled by a minority Shia population, but again it is relatively secular. Rebel Sunni fighters have been aided by insurgents with links to Al-Qaeda. Ironically they receive support from the West. The western powers have refrained from military intervention, largely due to the ruling regimes close ties to Russia. If the West had it's way though, the hard-line Islamists would succeed in overthrowing Assad's dictorship and take power.
Hard-line Islamists are gradually assuming power in Egypt and Libya. Violence is increasing.
Iraq...under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein....was ruled by a Sunni minority, with a large Shia and Kurdish population. Again...the regime was relatively secular.
In 2003 the U.S. and U.K. invaded. The rest is history. Thousands of American and British servicemen lost their lives, in the so called liberation of Iraq. Was it a success? According to the BBC reporter `Nick Robinson' approximately 10,000 Iraqis died, in the period between the first and second Gulf Wars, at the hands of Saddam's regime. There is no doubt Saddam was a brutal dictator BUT....according to Robinson over 100,000 civilians have been killed in post-war Iraq. Hardly a successful humanitarian effort on the part of the western Allies. Now Iraq is in grave danger of falling into the hands of Islamic terrorists, who could pose a genuine threat to the West (unlike the ghost WMDs). This would not have happened under Saddam. Another failure on the part of the West. Not to mention the financial cost.
Now Iraq has descended into violent chaos again. Islamic hard-liners have risen up against the new regime. The western puppet government is in danger of collapse.
I can see a day, in the not to distant future, when Egypt, Syria, and Iraq become Islamic Theocracies. Governed by Sharia law and ruled by Islamic extremists with Al-Qaeda sympathies, and a pathological hatred of the West. And we helped put them there! Then what? A repeat of 1948/1973. All out war with Israel!
We tried a similar tactic when we invaded Persia, during WWII. We installed a pro-western puppet, who was despised for his western values. He was deposed in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution. We obviously haven't learned.
Ironically...it appears that throughout history, certain nations, particularly with multi-cultural populations, are better off being ruled by a secular dictator.
Why do we, the West, interfere in the politics of nations (and sometimes intervene militarily) with an entirely different culture to us???
Oh yes...I forgot....OIL!!!
Well done Bush, Blair, Cameron etc....
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