In today’s City A.M. Dr John Hulsman, a leading expert on the political economy of the Middle East, warned that the West must not learn the wrong lessons from Iraq.
Referring to a recent essay by Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, which explains the West was right to intervene in Iraq in 2003, and that we would be right to intervene there now – as ISIS rampages across the country, John argues that such thinking could not “be more wrong, or more dangerous” and that we should also “beware of men who use history to attempt to absolve themselves of its consequences.”
John believes that a key “misleading historical lesson to unlearn from the neoconservative argument is their tenuous grasp of what primary national interests amount to. Every evil in the world certainly does not amount to a sea monster that the West must spend blood and treasure destroying; instead, choices about intervention must be made, based upon a reading of western national interests.” He goes on to point out a far better way forward in terms of the middle east and western interventions.
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