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  •  First let's agree that (2+ / 0-)
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    Dick Cheney is a war criminal and has no right to have an opinion on anything.

    But I do have a slight problem with this:

    And they turned topsy-turvy the entire region with respect to Sunni and Shia and the relationships there
    ...if this is taken to mean that the US should have supported minority rule.  Iraq is a majority Shia' country, and the Shia' were an underclass there since Ottoman times.  now, current Shia' discrimination against Sunnis is no more justified than decades or centuries of Sunni discrimination against Shia'.  But if Kerry thinks US policy should have been to maintain Sunni authority in Iraq, he's wrong.  Likewise, Shia' (Allawi) minorities control Syria, despite a Sunni majority.  Extreme persecution and violence against the Sunni minority is what set off the civil war in Syria, and the US goal should not be maintenance of minority rule in Syria even if we don't like some of the rebel groups.

    The US should be favoring greater political inclusion and an end to authoritarian minority rule.  It's how we go about it that should be the focus of discussion.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Fri May 30, 2014 at 10:42:36 AM PDT

    •  Kerry continues to prove (1+ / 0-)
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      that all of his thoughts would be better if he had finished them one sentence earlier.

    •  It balance of power stuff viz Gulf states v Iran (0+ / 0-)

      Likely, Iraq would have ended up Shia if we had just waited for Saddam to croak, given Iran right next to them.  Tho Saudis, et al, certainly would have tried to abort majority rule.  And  Syria is probably a different situation.  

      But, the rapid rise of a 'Shia crescent' (Iran, Iraq, Syria) has given the Saudis et al. serious fears of losing perceived hegemony over the Arab-Islamic world, and I'm guess that's what Kerry means, as no one in the West would give a frack about most of these countries if it wasn't for O.peration I.raqi L.iberation.

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