Yes, that worked so well for the Syrian people.
The UN is a toothless entity vis-a-vis human rights as long as Russia and China are members.
True. But "it is what it is," and until the Muslim world decides to invest more energy in self-development and social progress as it does trying to destroy Israel, this is par for the course.
Well considering we don't even try to work with the UN our allies, it will never change now will it. We did our part in making the UN a money sink with no teeth by pointedly never letting things OUR allies and agendas disliked from going through. Again, the UN is what we helped make it. Toothless, corrupt and without even a clear definition of what terrorism is.
If I had been in charge, the operation in Afghanistan would have been far more limited...and when we had the Taliban top brass and bin Laden holed up in that cave-complex, I'd have dropped a bunker-busting tactical nuke on it, declared victory, and ended the operation. That would have sent a clear message to the Muslim world that we're not going to ask you to leave the 12th century, but if you make a mess in America, we'll come sort you hard and fast. Much more effective than "nation-building."
And a decade and a half from now when our lack of putting something in place leaves us with something that makes the Taliban look tame and they detonate a dirty bomb in memory of 'martyrs lost to American aggression' because we didn't support moderates in the Arab world. What then?
Lets eliminate our actions in the gulf and look at other historical events..
World War 1 vs War War II in Europe.
The end of World War 1 ended with HUGE reparations being thrown on the Germans and their allies. The French literally marched into some factories and took machinery to collect what they were owed. The means of production. They GUTTED the industrial systems in areas. They literally and figuratively looted the country. Leaving massive debt, joblessness and resurgence of historical hatred between them and the French.
All of which left the way open for Adolf Hitler to come in and leverage his way in.
Post WWII Europe. .the Allies (aside from the Soviet Union) REBUILT the countries. Do you think Western Europe or Japan would have been half as likely to be in the fiscal shape they are currently in if we hadn't done our part to help out? Compare the way we helped the sections of Europe we were in control of compared to the ones the Soviets were in control of.
Some of the reasons Western Europe is still in fairly good shape is because we REBUILT infrastructure. When you're hungry, jobless and worried about your kids, and the folks in power aren't doing anything..the opposition is looking damn good. Had we made a concerted effort to rebuild the old Afgan government after the withdrawal of the Soviets.. do you think the Taliban would have been so heavily rooted today?
Our problem is we have become shortsighted adn stupid. Destroy a regions infrastructure and do you honestly think if we don't make an effort to help them recover after the end of the war is done that they won't try to retaliate a decade or two down the line.