Four great Empires were brought down by ill fated invasions of Iraq
I. The Delphi Oracle told Croseus that if he invaded Persia, that a greatNot so Crazy Ideas: Four great Empires were brought down by ill fated invasions of Iraq.
nation would be destroyed, and one was, Croseus' nation.
II. Alexander the Great succeeded in conquering Persia, but with the result that Macedonia, who would have been the leaders in Europe, depleted its' power, and Rome was able to step in and easily assume the leadership of Europe.
III. And after several hundred years, a Roman Emperor made the same mistake that Croseus and Alexander made by mounting a massive attack against Persia. The fall of the Roman Empire can be traced to ONE irrational action, Emperor Julian's preemptive invasion of Persia (Iraq). Rome was at the height of its' power before the invasion, ( Julian had subdued Rome's enemies in Europe and stabilized the existing empire.), and soon after Julian's ill fated invasion of Persia, the Roman Empire collapsed as Rome lost the trust and respect of numerous peoples who previously had accepted Rome as the world's leader.