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October 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Fight against Islamic State: Does anyone learn from past mistakes?

We in the U.S. never learn [“Egyptian extremists may be copying Islamic State’s brutal methods,” Nation & World, Sept. 28]. Does no one remember Iran? We withdrew support from the Shah, our ally for decades, and ended up with the terrorist theocracy there.

After accusing the Shah of being a ruthless dictator, Ayatollah Khomeini killed more in one day than the Shah ever did. But, of course, we knew best.

Now we supported the so-called Arab Spring to bring democracy to the benighted inhabitants of the Middle East. We supported the rebels in Libya against Moammar Gadhafi, and now have warlords and anarchy. Egypt is now a military dictatorship.

And we supported the rebels in Syria, again with a total mess. And, of course, Iraq. Somebody should remember.

Glen Kaner, Seattle

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