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Lessons of history not learned

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Submitted by Paul Pearce (Australia), Jun 21, 2014 at 11:02

Wouldn't the world be a much safer place if the dictators of 2000 were still in place; irrespective how repugnant these creatures 'they were the devil you knew' and could in a variety of ways be managed. Today we have much of the Middle East akin to a cauldron of evil, unknown upon whose lap it will spill and to complicate this disaster, no one wants to take responsibility, and worse, know body knows how to fix it. This must be the almost perfect storm for the West, and the perfect recipe for ISIS.

China and Russia know how to mind their own business; could there be a lesson here for someone? If a radical state becomes a real threat, bomb them back to the Stone Age and get on with life; don't try and take them to 'your' promised land because it fails every time, and if you doubt me, look to your successes over the past 50 years -Zero!

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No, we do not want those 2000 dictators back.

First, they were deeply evil, especially Hafez al-Assad and Saddam Hussein. Second, they blocked the necessary processes from moving forward and, with luck, some good coming from these tribulations.

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