Well the USA is the most dangerous and brutal state by far. You guys just love to deploy your new tech and kill a lot of people. That you're doing it in a civilized/yay human rights way really doesn't do much for all the dead people...
Of course that's a general statement of consequences and I strongly disagree with Alan on the specifics of neo-cons -was the philosophy ever that important in Bush II gov? I believe it has been greatly overstated a little bit like the Shia Sunni divisions lines in various countries- implementation of various stated strategies, on the differences between Assad and Abdullah, hell probably even on what to do now that the whole thing is going on in Syria and elsewhere. I'm also probably a lot more pro-Kurd than most here etc etc.
I dont know whether it was philosophy or ideology, it was probably just strategy since the former two actually imply some moral commitment. What i do know is it was followed and implemented.
How am i overstating sunni shia division lines? They are whats used in every conflict in the region from Syria to iraq to yemen.
Kurds have been repressed for years but theyre just as big assholes as every other group.
Ethan, have you seen the wikileaks email that says that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have financed and supported Nusra and ISIS, for example?