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The flurry of attacks around the Middle East and other parts of the world in recent months by militants from Daesh (ISIS) has sharpened the urgency of figuring out how to defeat the organization and rid the world of this terror.Military assaults against terror groups, resistance movements and civilian or non-violent demonstrators – whether carried out by local governments or foreign powers, or both – tend to harden and expand the resolve of those challenging the states in question.The ensuing heightened challenges by citizens to the state backed by foreign militarism tend to reduce the legitimacy of the state government or regime, which only increases the regime's reliance on foreign support to remain in power. This sets in motion a destructive cycle of deteriorating national integrity and stability, as the Syrian, Bahraini and Yemeni situations today reveal (for an American lesson, remember Vietnam and Afghanistan). These trends ultimately lead citizens across our region to hold very negative views of both the militarily happy foreign powers and local governments.
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