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Over the last few months, the Middle East has become an even more violent place than usual.The Middle East is in the midst of a sectarian struggle that will not easily go away.When you travel in the Middle East, you often hear that these Sunni-Shiite differences are wholly invented and that people always lived happily together in the old days.If there was a single action that accelerated the sectarian conflicts in the Middle East in the last few decades, it was the decision of the George W. Bush administration to topple Saddam's regime, dismantle all structures in which Sunnis had power and then hand over the Iraqi state to Shiite religious parties.These tribes are all tied by blood and kinship to Sunni tribes in Syria, and those Syrian Sunnis were radicalized as they watched the Iraqi civil war.Not only does this misunderstand the very nature of the conflict in the Middle East, it also fails to see that Washington choosing one side over another actually made matters substantially worse.
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