Would the United States ever learn from its past mistakes!

The United States and Jordan have intensified their effort to train Syrian rebels in secret training camps in Jordan in the last few weeks. The American military involvement in the Syrian civil war has been widely reported in the past by the Western and the American media inspite of American denial. The Washington Post has revealed in its April third Issue that approximately 150 American officers are involved in this training program. According to the Washington Post, the United States is seriously considering the establishment of safe zones for the Syrian rebels and refugees in the South Western parts of Syria, along the Jordanian Syrian borders in a triangle adjacent to the Syrian Golan Heights which has been under Israeli occupation since 1967…

Students of the modern history of the Middle East and other informed observers are not surprised by yet another American involvement in another local conflict. What is surprising however is the failure of the United States to learn from its past mistakes. Almost every American involvement in regional and local conflicts around the world in the past have turned bad for the United States; the war in Vietnam caused tremendous unnecessary pain for the U.S. and the Vietnamese people, and American lost the war at the end anyway, the training and arming of the Mujahidin in Afghanistan during the 1980’s produced al-Qaeda, the occupation of Iraq led to the death of hundreds of thousands on both sides and cost the American tax-payers over two trillion dollars and still counting, The American involvement in Libya created a large safe haven for Muslim extremists in North Africa which culminated in the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi last September. One can’t help but wonder if the United States would ever learn from the hard realities of its past involvement in many conflicts around the world.

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