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The US/USSR completely destabilized the region from the 1940s onward, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still relatively huge improvements in wealth and health. It also doesn’t mean that this relatively recent change is suddenly disrupting the long term trend on continuous progress that all of humanity has seen. After all, the scale of human society is tens of thousands of years longs. To think that these last 60 years will set a new trend of a never ending downward spiral is ignorant at best, xenophobic at worst.