Wars that were just waiting for another war to end

The observation is being made that the war on ISIS united many factions in the middle east. This is similar to how the Cold war between the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its satellite states) and powers in the Western Bloc (the United States, its NATO allies and others) suppressed other factional conflicts on a global basis.

The ISIS effect is tougher to define because the middle east has been a series of wars and civil wars. We are now transitioning to a war over the establishment of Kurdistan between the Kurds and Iraq, Iran, Turkey and some forces in Syria.

There were millions of Cold War related casualities.

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