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History not always a good teacher

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Submitted by Fan of Dr. Pipes (United States), Apr 13, 2004 at 14:44

What's the deal? If the US pulls out now there will be a civil war that kills millions. We can bring democracy to Iraq, especially if it is the Iraqi's who are governing and not us. To abandon the silent majority that supports liberation would be criminal. I also disagree with the belief that past precedent is an accurate predictor of the future. People like to believe that knowing history allows you to make accurate judgements about policy, but that belief is overrated.
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