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What we need to learn about the Mideast

The U.S. killing by drone of Iranian Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani unleashed vicious political fights in Washington — but it did little to shed light on the way forward. The most urgent lesson from decades of U.S. involvement in the Middle East remains unlearned: Military action can eliminate threats but does not resolve underlying causes of instability.

Today’s Middle East faces crushing economic, demographic and social pressures. A young, impatient generation sees governments across the region as unresponsive, ineffective and illegitimate.

The above excerpt was originally published in Daily News.