War has been around since Cain slew Able. The Thirty Years’ War is a series of wars fought between 1618 to 1648 in Europe and most of the European countries participated. These wars left more than 800,000 dead including soldiers and civilians.

Today we have it relatively easy. Abroad, a terrorist state founded on religion is destroying Syria and driving refugees into Europe. Sunni-Shia violence threatens to bedevil Iraq indefinitely. Boko Haram is wreaking more and more havoc in West Africa. A Christian-Muslim conflict is ripping apart the Central African Republic. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spiraling out of control. The longstanding hostility between India and Pakistan could erupt into a nuclear war that would end life on Earth as we know it.

Even in countries at peace, war seems to offer a solution for violence and oppression. Take Saudi Arabia, for instance, where floggings and beheadings, are routine events. Female genital mutilation is endemic in 28 mostly Muslim countries. Last January, craziness motivated young men to commit mass murder in the heart of Paris, and over cartoons. Then, a month later, another idiot opened fire on a free speech conference in Copenhagen while the Femen leader Inna Shevchenko was speaking, killing one and wounding three.

Putin knows how to exploit chaos so he’s helping a bad leader keep a lid on it in Syria but he really just invaded the Middle East with no one around to stop him.

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