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Submitted by Alexandros (United Kingdom), Nov 2, 2015 at 06:09

Robert i think that your logic is a bit problematic. First of all i would like if you could, to explain what do you exactly mean by "failed state", because seriously i do not make the slightest sense of the notion.

You also write about the empire that Alexander created just before the Roman empire. We are of course talking for 2500 years ago. Empire was an already existing system from what we know in the Middle East. Babylonians, Sumerians before them, and Persians created empires, Alexander freed those people from the Persians. Are you sure he was going to create an empire like you or me mean it. The difference between Alexander and the rest of the conquerors is that he was not only a brilliant general, but an even more brilliant politician with a humanitarian perspective especially in the context of the time. I remind you that in Jerusalem he was accepted as a liberator by the jews, and he allowed complete religious freedom and also local governance. He did the same in India, but also in Persia. What kind of an empire he would have made, unfortunately we will never know. Instead we know of the Mongolian empires which are admired for some peculiar reason by the current cosultants of the President!

Anyway, you do make a leap of faith and write that i side with the Shia in opposition to the Sunni! Please explain to me how do you assume such a thing? Where have i written this. I ask the question where is the difference among Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey and you conclude that i support the Iranian regime? I am asking why should they be treated differently since in my opinion none of them has to do anything with liberal democracy, the system promoted by the US. If the US accepts and collaborates on a strategic level with a regime that does not even allow tourism, if it collaborates with a regime that openly denies the genocide of three national populations on it's current soil and keeps on with a fourth one, then why should n't collaborate with Iran. What worse has Iran done? It is a very simple question, i do not side anybody and i despise all authoritarian regimes. In that respect i despise the American foreign policy because it is fake it is a cost-benefit analysis and not even a pure one it is a dressed cost-benefit analysis influenced by the personal interests of a very few people and for that reason it is failing. In absolute honesty it is in my interest for America to be the strongest hegemon in the world, there are 5 million Greeks living in America and i have family there. Additionally, from any political theory you see it i think that Greece and Cyprus as states and America have strongly linked interests, but it is a shame that the US locked in wrong ideologies many times sacrifise both states in favour of murderers!

Bush's doctrine and the false assumptions of the end of history have destroyed the American hegemonic rule. Arrogance is never a good consultant, it is true that the shock is absorbed mainly by Europe, but in America things are not much better. Only the financial damage done by the wars not to mention the Iraqi syndrome Friedman had warned about are two things you should think about in more detail in order to understand why America is declining!

All states have failed or succeed in their history at some point in some level. You say Greece is the most failed state of Europe, that failed state has managed to register more than 400000 refugees and migrants trafficked by the world's biggest human trafficker and strategic partner of the US, Turkey, more than anyone could. The other "succesful" countries fail to cope with 10000! While in Albania, FYROM and Turkey journalists go to jail, the state you call "failed" has kept on of the most democratic statuses in the world! While in Turkey Kurds are being killed and bombed only because they are Kurds and with only superficial coverage of the "western" "succesful" media in Greece everyone is respected. I know you will tell me for the Golden Dawn, but i can assure you that the only reason that this party came about is the financial crisis. Actually if they were able to isolate those who are pure racists they would have taken many more votes. Not only their racist speech does not give them votes, but it is a huge obstacle for them. I am not sorry of course, because they are revealed soon enough and now they can not really acquire any power. As for the financial crisis. It is true that Greece was hit by it a lot, but do you think that in England things would have been alright if it wasn't the global banking centre or things would have been much better in America if America wasn't the first global and nuclear power of the world with the dollar being the global currency? So i advise, if i may, to be more careful on who you describe as failed. Just check the German success story and how it closed down industries in America and Europe.......

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