Hagel told reporters after a meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera. “We must be very careful and we must be very clear, all nations of the world, that in the 21st century this will not stand, you cannot go around the world and redefine boundaries and violate territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations by force, coercion and intimidation whether it’s in small islands in the Pacific or large nations in Europe.”
On the other hand, is it any better “globally” to redefine borders as if on accident, if not by coercion and intimidation?
While it is hard to define USA’s expedition into Iraq as an accident, today’s events had at their roots the change of power in the region, and that great change in power was first caused by the U.S.A’s occupation of Iraq.
The civil war that raged in Iraq during the U.S.A.’s occupation is ongoing, while other civil wars in the region has further divided the people, as to draw new borders.
This “redefining of borders” will keep happening in the MENA until both sides in the civil wars join together as one, and, like NATO and the Ukraine connection and Russia, the U.S.A is not likely to let that happen anytime soon.