Wars are for peace & democracy
- Wars for democracy are unsuccessful.
- The US has a long history or invading and occupying others.
- War is more likely to happen when there is oil.
- Forcing democracies does not work.
- Wars brew hatred and violence in the aftermath.
- Wars are fought for money.
- Foreign governments are 100 times more likely to intervene in civil wars when the country at war has large oil reserves.
- Oil dependent economies have favored stability and support dictators rather than emphasizing democracy.
- The war in Iraq led to deep resentment of the US and helped grow violent extremism.
- Afghanistan is categorized as an authoritarian regime, ranking at 152 of 167 countries on the Democracy Index (2012).
- In 2013 Iraq ranked among the eight most corrupt nations in the world.
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