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Regime change may not be for the better

America's recent experience in the Middle East and the mess that its policies created in Iraq, Syria and Libya suggest that the conventional wisdom of ousting dictators is wrong

The plans to democratise Iraq and the Middle East produced a strategic disaster that hurt US interests in the region and at the same time, strengthened the power of radical, violent and anti-American players.

WHEN World War I, also known as the Great War, ended on Nov 11, 1918 the mood among members of the liberal elites in the political and literary salons of London, Paris and New York was quite upbeat.

It was true that the First World War - one of the deadliest conflicts in history, having