You mean that by meddling in their affairs we ourselves may ultimately be targeted by extremists in the region?<quoted text>
In the 1980s, Iraq invaded Iran with the support of the Arab states, the United States and Europe. Saddam Hussein was then considered "the defender of the Arab world" against a revolutionary Iran.
The entire international community shares the blame for Saddam's genocide against the Iraqi Kurds. For the duration of the Iran-Iraq war, Saddam was an important bulwark against the spread of Iranian-style Islamic fundamentalism.
Saddam also massacred 8000 men and young boys from the Barzani in 1983.
We and they were wrong. And we will reap what we have sown.