Could The Middle East Be More Stable?

Since I spend a lot of time watching the Middle East and commenting on the continuing situation……I read something that Trump recently had to say about the region and oddly enough he is accurate in my opinion.

U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said the Middle East would be more stable if Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein were still in power in Libya and Iraq, saying it’s “not even a contest”. Trump mentioned the countries in comparison to current efforts to drive Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out of power. “You can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there, it’s a mess,” Trump said on NBC.

Source: Middle East would be more stable if Saddam, Gaddafi still in power: Trump – Yahoo News

Surprisingly the Middle East was more stable when those two were in power…….look I am not saying that everything would be fine if we had left these people in power for the Middle East was seldom a stable place…..just that it would be more stable than it is today.

Look at Iraq today……a complete mess but when Saddam was ruling it was a more stable place……it even kept Iran pretty much in check…..AQ was being hunted down and eliminated…..but that was not good enough….time for a change.

Libya was not as dangerous as it is today…..no armed factions were prowling the streets looking for trouble…..but that was not good enough…….time for a change.

Again the region would have eventually broken down into conflict but I do not believe that it would be as dangerous and messy as it is today……

7 thoughts on “Could The Middle East Be More Stable?

  1. Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!

    This may be read as saying that ‘it is indisputable that geographic points of the compass will never meet in this life, but that when two strong men [or equals] meet, the accidents of birth, whether of nationality, race, or family, do not matter at all—the Asian and the European are equals’.
    Wot about the women?
    Ban the burqa! grin
    or shall I be totally politically incorrect ?
    Ban the bin bags….hahaha grin

  2. I watched that interview with Trump, and was also surprised at his opinion of what the Middle East would be like if Saddam and Gaddafi were not taken down at that time. Lately, he is allowing his awareness of world affairs to come through. My ears perked up while he was speaking, and I viewed him through different glasses during the interview. He lost his clown’s red nose. We’ll see if he loses any more of his clown’s costume as time goes by. He can lose his whole costume, but as far as I’m concerned, I wouldn’t vote for him if he turns out to be the GOP nominee.

      1. You can also read it on Wikipedia and in a lot of history books. — Large parts of the Middle East became a warground between the Ottomans and Iranian Safavids for centuries starting in the early 16th century. By 1700, the Ottomans had been driven out of Hungary and the balance of power along the frontier had shifted decisively in favor of the West. The British also established effective control of the Persian Gulf, and the French extended their influence into Lebanon and Syria. In 1912, the Italians seized Libya and the Dodecanese islands, just off the coast of the Ottoman heartland of Anatolia. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Middle Eastern rulers tried to modernize their states to compete more effectively with the European powers. A turning point in the history of the Middle East came when oil was discovered, first in Persia in 1908 and later in Saudi Arabia (in 1938) and the other Persian Gulf states, and also in Libya and Algeria. A Western dependence on Middle Eastern oil and the decline of British influence led to a growing American interest in the region.

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