This is a bit of a hoary old chesnut but I'd be interested to see what fellow ARRSErs think. Our own dear nation has been allowed to evolve with very few, albeit severe, external influences, the last of those almost 1000 years ago (if you don't count the self-inflicted blight of the EU), and we've turned out okayish. Wouldn't we be doing nations in strife a favour just letting them get on with it? I just get a feeling that by intervening here there and eveywhere we're just making unfinised business. There is the very good point (pardon the pun) that all our old battles were fought with weapons that couldn't do too much damage, certainly when compared with some of the nasties owned by some third world countries, so that might have to be addressed. Other than that, let them make their own history.