Ten Commandments on Foreign Policy

That reckless actions of the W. Bush administration invading Iraq and breaking the fragile standoff between the Sunnis and Shiites in the region created the vacuum of power and an opportunity for different groups to advance their agenda.

Foreign policy basics.
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Here I propose 10 Foreign Policy Commandments:

1.  Not every country is ready for a Western-type democracy.

2.  One cannot export democracy into another country or install it by force.

3.  You do not overstay your welcome.  Nobody likes foreign occupation.

4.  Do not be in a hurry to dismantle the existing governmental structure.  It is easy to break but very difficult to build.  You break it, you own it.  So you’d better plan how to fix it.

5.  Be careful who you give weapons to.  These same weapons may be turned against you in the future.

One example:  mujaheddin  http://www.infoplease.com/spot/al-qaeda-terrorism.html

6.  Do not install your puppet in charge of other countries.  People of that country will overthrow the puppet and you will be the one to blame.

7.  Maintain a strong military but use it as a last resort.  Be a leader, not a bully.

8.  Generals do not decide foreign policy – politicians do.

9.  Don’t rush with declarations on whether a foreign leader should go or stay – your words may turn against you.

10.  Do not intervene unilaterally.  You and only you will be blamed for the problems and nobody will thank you even if you succeed.

In conclusion, I just want to suggest that world leaders try to understand human behavior and the development of societies.  So when there is a need to interfere, it will be done by following the natural flow of societal development and not against it.  This will help to achieve an acceptable outcome with maximum efficiency.