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Middle East worries about spreading violence and a possible triumph by extremists in Syria have been evident in Pew Research surveys the past two years. A 2013 poll found that roughly three-quarters or more of the public in Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian territories were concerned that the ongoing Syrian conflict would destabilize nearby countries. (The Pew Research Center did not poll in Iraq.)
Worries about spillover violence have been most pronounced in Lebanon, which borders Syria and has taken in a majority of Syrian refugees, many of them children. In Lebanon last year, nine-in-ten said they feared that the conflict between the Assad government and rebels would spill over into other countries. Even more Lebanese (95%) worried that their own country would be affected, with at least six-in-ten among the nation’s Christian, Sunni and Shia communities very concerned about this risk.
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Outside Lebanon, concern that extremists will take control of Syria is greatest in Israel (82%) and Jordan (76%). The Turkish public again is somewhat less worried than its neighbors about events in Syria: only about half (49%) worry that extremists will emerge victorious from the battle with Bashar al-Assad’s government.
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concerned that the ongoing Syrian conflict would destabilize nearby countries.
That kind of megalomaniacal, delusional behavior would apply to the same sorts of scenarios today. Notice how we invade a country and refuse to leave? Notice how policies of WMD and Humanitarian claims seem weak as justification but are promoted over and again ?
I'm not saying we are run by Hitlers, I'm suggesting the kind of character that does these world conquering episodes now and again are of the same ilk. If not the same spirit.