Peter, Paul and Mary sang it 50 years ago: “When will they ever learn?” What words could be more appropriate to describe our Middle East foreign policy?
Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia — not countries with any history, but creations of Britain and France to appease and bribe their favored tribal leaders with countries of their own — are becoming what they were: tribal enclaves ruled by religious sects that will never be at peace with one another.
The senseless deaths of an infinite number of Americans in these countries will never change history or cause Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds to live in peace with one another.
When will we ever learn that the lesson learned in Europe should carry over into the Middle East? The creation of small countries with homogeneous populations has resulted in peace for Eastern Europe. U.S. troops and lives are no longer on the line in these former hot spots. Historical animosities no longer cause senseless internal strife.
When will we ever learn that we cannot bomb the Middle East into peace? None of these failed states are, or ever were, any threat to the United States. Our role should be to let them work it out for themselves, aid in helping the victims of their violence, and prevent the spread of their wars beyond their borders.
“Where have all the flowers gone? Gone to graveyards every one. When will they ever learn? When will we ever learn?”
Carl L. Zielonka