Intervention in the Middle East Has Produced Instability, Not Stability
By Prof. Andrew J. Bacevich, Nov. 17, 2015 (LINK to article)
I agree with the author's analysis, which is strongly critical of recent American military interventions in the Middle East, but it is not just recent interventions America has embarked upon which have had catastrophic consequences, the most important of which are not even recognised, because it would be too painful, undermining America's "national" narrative and pride.
I'm thinking, not just, but primarily of WW1, which, until the British government decided to intervene, was a local European war, which more likely than not would have been over by Christmas 1914. It was Britain's (my own country's) intervention that turned it into a world war which dragged on, at Allied insistence, for four long bloody years, until "victory" was finally achieved, Germany defeated and humiliated, and the way paved for the rise of Nazism, WW2 and the Holocaust.
I'm not suggesting that Germany was blameless - far from it; but the Allies, with whom America threw in its lot (for less than purely noble reasons), share far more of the blame for that catastrophic war and the even more catastrophic consequences of "victory", than most historians are prepared to admit - for fear, I suspect, of upsetting "national sensitivities" and their state employer.
We need to be far more self-critical; not in the largely negative way that many so-called "progressives" are, in seeking to demonstrate their own personal moral superiority, but in a positive way, which doesn't point the finger of blame and responsibility at others, but at our collective selves, which requires much better understanding of the nature of the modern state and how it deceitfully poses as our nation, in order to legitimise itself, its ruling elites and the immense power they wield and abuse (see BLOG in which I elaborate further).