Critics of America’s interference in other countries by invading, bombing, and killing, and fomenting coups that overthrow their governments and create general chaos are often asked what the US should do instead. The US government always says that it is doing whatever it does for humanitarian reasons but history has shown that that is merely the excuse given to make the interference palatable to the public.
Jon Stewart asks Egyptian satirist Bassem Yousef just this question about what the US should do in the Middle East and gets some frank advice – don’t do anything, just leave us alone. But of course, given that the US has been so deeply involved in the region for so long and interfering in its internal affairs, creating a mess and then leaving it behind does not sound like a good policy either.
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