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ISIS' horrific attacks in Paris provide a stark reminder that Western powers cannot contain – let alone insulate themselves from – the unintended consequences of their interventions in the Middle East.The United States-led interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 represent only the most recent effort by Western powers to shape the region's geopolitics.France, too, has distributed aid to Syrian rebels, and it recently began launching airstrikes against the ISIS.After Nicolas Sarkozy became President in 2007, France aligned its policies more firmly with the U.S. and NATO, and participated actively in toppling Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 .Though Russia is pursuing its military campaign independently of the Western powers (reflecting its support for Assad), it, too, has apparently become a target, with U.S. and European officials increasingly convinced that ISIS was behind October's crash of a Russian airliner in the Sinai Peninsula.The risk of adverse unintended consequences – whether terrorist blowback, as in Paris, or military spillovers, as in Syria – is unjustifiably high.It is not too late for Western powers to consider the lessons of past mistakes and recalibrate their counterterrorism policies accordingly. Unfortunately, this appears to be the least likely response to recent attacks by ISIS.
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