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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2015, 09:57 AM

17. Completely wrong

When the US illegally deposed Saddam, it took out the strongman who acted as a bulwark against jihadism in Iraq, destabilizing the region. His overthrow made the US completely responsible for creating a political and military void which has allowed Islamist groups such as ISIS to come in and wreak havoc. That much is true. The US (and its coalition) are 100% on the hook for that.

But all the death and mayhem which the US invasion caused is not the source of ISIS' own barbarism. The jihadists' atrocities are their own, bringing into the 21st century a long-ago past of Middle East warmongers' own brutal history. The US isn't responsible for that.

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