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Maybe we should just take a "hands off" policy

Reader comment on item: Obama's Misplaced Mideast Optimism

Submitted by Kepha Hor (United States), Oct 27, 2011 at 05:38

America's problem is that ever since the end of WWII, our governments have had a messiah complex towards the rest of the world. But, after two major international sallies (Wilson's abortive one in 1917-20) and the long-lasting WWII-Cold War one, why cana't we learn that (a) the world's likely to remain a pretty wicked place for some time to come, and (b) you can't make anything out of cookie dough except cookies?

Denying original sin, the Islamic world is always going to believe that somehow, somewhere, there's a rightly guided caliph waiting in the wings (never mind that the original ones were all assassinated by their followers), and that everything that goes wrong is someone else's fault--Westerners, JOOOOOZ, Assyrians and Copts...

We'd probably be a lot wiser keeping our blood and treasure at home, and letting the Islamic world stew in its own juices until its populations realize there's no way out other than mass apostasy.


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