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French President Francois Hollande has announced that his country is at war with ISIS, and America is surely part of that conflict, too.r The Peace of Westphalia in 1648 is probably better known than the obscure conflicts it resolved, which are collectively described as the Thirty Years' War. Many analysts have likened this Catholic-Protestant fratricide in Europe to the Sunni-Shiite sectarian inferno in the Middle East.It embodied mutual respect and self-determination – two ideas the modern Middle East badly needs.r The 1919 Treaty of Versailles ended World War I, but it arguably created the torment of the modern Middle East.Their goal should be a structure for modern governance and economic development that can stop the rot in the Middle East.r The last pact worth pondering, as we think about what would replace ISIS, is the Taif Agreement of 1989 that ended the 14-year Lebanese Civil War.
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