The West has made numerous huge mistakes, starting with supporting jihadists against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, which have put the international community under unprecedented threat and strengthened Moscow’s hand.
The West’s mistakes have given Russia unprecedented opportunities to strengthen its international position, as well as replace or compete with Western players in the Middle East.Maria Dubovikova
The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq proved to be a disaster. Washington acted under false pretexts, and without a clear understanding of the situation on the ground. The Americans had no clue how to sustainably rebuild post-war Iraq. They thought democracy could be imposed without taking into consideration the historical and cultural particularities of the country.