War is nothing but the sowing of hatred. None of conflicts proclaimed by the West since 1991 — Iraq, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria — solved any of the problems on the battlefield. Actually they have tragically aggravated them.
Without the Iraq intervention in 2003, the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair apologetically confessed, the Islamic state wouldn’t even exist. The “Friends of Syria” — that is, the occidental-European line-up, plus Saudi Arabia and Turkey — have done the impossible. In three years they turned Syria into another Libya, fueling and funding militias and reducing the country to a pile of rubble at the mercy of jihadist groups. They’ve made so many mistakes that in the end, even Putin’s Russia had to step in, militarily and at the negotiating table.
The failures in Libya will even have an impact in the U.S. elections, as The New York Times has pointed out in a two-part investigation focused on Hillary Clinton’s actions there. The report reminds voters of the presidential candidate’s hawkish position in the face of a recalcitrant Obama.
Not to forget the Benghazi tragedy of Sept. 11, 2012, when Ambassador Chris Stevens, the former liaison with jihadists who took down Gaddafi with the help of NATO air raids, fell into a trap by Islamic fundamentalists and died along with another diplomat and two CIA agents. Clinton, then Secretary of State, exited the scene and then-CIA chief David Petraeus was dismissed. Because the war returns home. Spinning in the spiral of Islamist terrorism.