It's clear as day to anyone who's been paying attention that there have been more "failed states" in the last fifty years than in the last two centuries. That's a nice way of saying a lot of tiny countries were obliterated, extinguished. But here's an interesting factoid up for dispute. Military intervention by the US and its allies in the Middle East in the last two decades have ALWAYS exacerbated violence and accelerated state failure. One would almost think they DIDN'T WANT peace in the Middle East.