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I thought the subject was the Middle East.

Well, sorta. The original post referenced Vietnam (as does the thread title), Libya, and even a glancing blow at the Marshall Plan. The same poster then brought up Syria, Venezuela, and North Korea in his followup post.

Is your complaint that there is nothing to be learned anywhere else in the world, and that we must reinvent the wheel simply because it's "the middle east"? You think the only way to pacify the middle east is to invent a new religion and get everyone to adopt it? That might only take, say, 1,000 years.

(I'm happy to say there might be some other mechanism besides military, but that's our hammer and everything looks like a nail.)
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