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Ted Cruz, one of the Republican candidates for the U.S. presidency, recently said that his solution to the turmoil in the Middle East would be to "carpet bomb" Daesh (ISIS) and see if "sand can glow in the dark".A third candidate, Chris Christie, has threatened war with Russia.None has any personal experience of war.The terrible wars in the Middle East today, pitting revolutionary religious sects and tribal chiefs against ruthless dictatorships backed by one great power or another, have much more in common with the Thirty Years War that devastated much of Germany and central Europe from 1618 to 1648 .Like today's wars, the Thirty Years War is often assumed to have been an essentially religious conflict, but between Catholics and Protestants.As long as one was not strong enough to dominate the other, the war continued, causing horrendous suffering among innocent peasants and city dwellers.
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