Saturday 3 December 2016

Western powers have learned nothing from history

Published 04/12/2015 | 02:30

UK Prime Minister David Cameron
UK Prime Minister David Cameron

The Westminster political debate on whether to vote in favour or against the bombing of IS targets in Syria makes us consider how history has taught nothing to the major western powers, primarily the USA and Britain.

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Under the circumstances, what will soon be happening in Syria is similar to what happened in Cambodia and Vietnam when Nixon ordered the total annihilation of the enemy in these countries, not knowing that not only would he play into the hands of the Khmer Rouge - an insurgence not dissimilar to Isil's - but that he would in the end lose the war.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron's rush to bomb Syria reminds us of Mr Blair's eagerness to join the Americans in the ill-advised invasion of Iraq under false pretences.

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