Wherever America shows up, deaths, mass destruction, and brutal atrocities follow. Countries are ravaged one at a time or in multiples. Millions die. Appalling crimes are committed.
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya tasted US-style liberation. Since winter 2011, Syria's been systematically ravaged. No end of conflict appears near. Many dozens or hundreds die daily. The worst is yet to come.
On December 15, China's Xinhau headlined "Growing Presence of Extremists Sends Chills Down Syrians' Spines," saying:
Syrians now experience what's happened regionally for years. Media scoundrels suppress it. They call mass slaughter and destruction liberation. They give short shrift to cutthroat mercenaries.
Syrians fear for their lives and country. They ask how things got this far. Many understand Washington's responsibility. Complicit with key NATO partners, regional allies, and Israel, they're systematically destroying Syria.
Many Syrians able to leave do so. Most end up in wretched refugee camps. More affluent ones find favorable safe havens. They'd rather be home. They leave to stay alive.
Forty-six year old engineer Maher perhaps spoke for others.
"Why would I stay here now that I can afford living in a neighboring country," he said. "I could save my family some avoidable consequences."
He hopes Syria won't be another Afghanistan or Iraq. He prays for a miracle to save his country.