a world that is boiling over in violence and cut-throat theocracy makes me nostalgic for the days it was merely “simmering in resentment and tyranny
Source: How the refugee crisis is teaching us the value of Hussein, Mubarak, and Gadhafi
Don’t we all wish for the “good old days” when Saddam ruled with an iron fist and as a result kept the lid on the Middle East. Yeah his bravado rankled many but we for the most part just ignored him. He did kill thousands of his own people to maintain control but millions have been killed in the aftermath of his takedown by the U.S. military under their commander-in-chief George W. Bush.
Civil wars have tarnished history throughout time perhaps no more so than our own war over the right to own another person. The same can be said for religious wars. We seem to be a race that “MUST” always have an enemy in one form or another. If we don’t have one we search far and wide until we find one. I often wonder if the other civilizations in the universe are as belligerent as we are or have they learned to coexist with each other?
Yeah we took down Saddam’s regime but I kind of think that the old saying “Be careful what you wish for as you just might get it” holds true here. There are perhaps thousands of lessons about needless wars in our past and we just never seem to fathom them especially when a new opportunity presents itself.
The U.S. has by a very wide margin the biggest war machine in the world. I wonder what would happen if we spent half the amount we spend on our weapons of destruction on finding a peaceful way to just get along.
I know that I am a naive idealist but isn’t thinking against the grain how paradigm shifts happen?