I also thought about the issue that one of the arguments about the evil of the US was our abandonment of the Iraqis in 1991 when they rose in revolt. This is actually a strong point yet it is somewhat undermined when the goal of the protestors is to do it again. But I suppose that maybe they're more clever than I give them credit for as they seem dedicated to the proposition that the US is the most evil regime in history. Adding another shameful national episode would help support this view. It may seem selfish and cynical, but what could be more important than validating their the world view?