Looking only backwards: Nothing new in the Middle East
This entire region is comprised of artificial states that have never managed to create cross-tribal or cross-ethnic national unity, and have always been ruled in the shadow of the bloody, torn past.
The West, led by the United States, reveals time and again its ignorance regarding this part of the world. This lack of understanding is tied to something deep at the heart of the American experience. It is also the secret of U.S. success, and what turned it into a superpower.
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