In “Democrats, Dragons or Drones?” Thomas L. Friedman writes

In “Democrats, Dragons or Drones?” Thomas L. Friedman writes (New York Times, 3/19/2013) That Iraq was overpaid but the results are not yet known: “We toppled the dictator in Iraq. The people have done the same in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and, soon, Syria, but the same questions hang over all of them: Can they produce stable, decent, representative governments?”

My comment is that you will never learn from your mistakes: how come that after what happened and is still happening in Iraq, you don’t know yet the results?

Yes, you overpaid Iraq and “you” should know that you destroyed and divided the country at the price of 4500 US soldiers’ lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed and maimed, the majority of them being civilians, children, women and old people. Still, yesterday we received news about 20 explosions in that poor country.

In Iraq, there was at least equality between people of different religions, even if it was a dictatorship: the country was directed by a secular government and the country was united; the Christians were participating in the administration and the government. They were 1.5 million; they have been so much oppressed and massacred, since the US occupation, that there is only 200.000 people left and still dying and emigrating.

As for Libya, NATO destroyed it and the jihadists took the Libyan armament to attack all West Africa. Now the French are fighting them in Mali and helping them in Syria. Today we read that the Islamists are calling all Moslems to wage war on France that is planning to give armaments to their kin in Syria. I don’t understand their blindness, unless “there is no blinder than the one who doesn’t want to see”.

This armament sent by France to the so-called opposition in Syria will be used against France and the West, not only in Mali, but also in France itself and all other NATO countries at home.

Returning to the subject of Syria, don’t you see that you are planning to overthrow a secular government to replace it by Islamists who are your worst enemies and those of Israel, the preferred ally of the US?

Must I remind you of President George Washington’s farewell address (I haven’t the exact words): “Strong emotional links between two nations could lead to a lot of evils, because, preferring one nation to others, brings about suffering enmities and wars without benefits or justification beyond simply defending the favored nation. They threaten to influence the American government into making decisions based upon the will of their allies instead of the will of the American people.”

I think that President Obama should also be reminded of it while visiting Israel who is planning to create chaos in its neighbors, forgetting that chaos is contagious and will metastasize to Israel itself. In some way, Israel is shooting itself much higher than the foot. But, in the US, we must think about US interests, first, and, until now, preferring Israel to any other nation, including the US, is hurting the latter country so bad, not only in American soldiers’ numerous deaths, but also financially, economically, socially and, not least, in the hearts of, not only one billion Moslems, but also in the hearts of all the Arabs, whether Moslem, Christian or others.

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Roger AKL :Roger AKL is a former Lebanese navy officer, former Assistant armed Forces Attaché at the Lebanese Embassy in Washington D.C., former head of the Lebanese liaison bureau with the American forces in Lebanon (1983-1984), former chairman, CEO and director of the board of companies in the INTRA group (1984-1990). Currently he is a writer in Middle Eastern affairs.