The one lesson America should have learned in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 15 years is that unless governments reduce corruption, calm sectarian divisions, integrate all groups into the political process and deliver services to their citizens, extremists are sure to rise again.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
#293 / A Lesson From Abroad
Here is what The New York Times said in an editorial published on Saturday, October 15th:
The Times was talking about "The Coming Battle for Mosul." The comments are certainly appropriate in that context, but I think this is a lesson that should inform our own politics, too.