Iraq and How It’s Going So Bad

IRAQ-3-articleLargeWith the troubling news coming out of Iraq these past few days I can only think what a waste the War was. We lost over 4500 service men and women and hundreds of billions of dollars, not to mention the fact that we were led into the conflict under false pretenses regarding WMDs. We were then sold a moralistic argument that we removed of a brutal dictator from power that Donald Rumsfeld, former Sec. of Defense, met and shook hands with in the 1980’s during the Iraq/Iran War.

Now the jihadi, Sunni-led ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is spilling out of Syria’s bloody civil war and invading Iraq at an alarming speed, taking city after city. They are now heading to Baghdad to settle old scores with Prime Minister Nurem Maliki, a Shiite, who has excluded Sunni’s from the government. Even former Baath Party members (the ruling Party of the Hussein Sunni era) are joining with ISIS in the goal of establishing a Islamic caliphate practicing Sharia law. Maliki now wants help from the U.S. in the form of airstrikes with jet fighters and drones, which according to sources reporting to the NYT seems very unlikely.

The borders of Iraq were set up by colonialists in the 19th century with no bearing or regard for lumping together people of different tribes, and now the current borders are being threatened by sectarian violence. It seems to me, more now then ever, that the Iraq War was a tragic waste.

 

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Will Iraq Fracture?

CIRAQaraf600_full_380A great piece in the CSM asking will the country of Iraq fracture into separate nations that will be determined by ethnicity, religion, or simple economic interests.

The piece goes through all of the contributing factors and is well researched with quotes from analysts and Iraqis themselves.

Read Here.

 

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Iraq 10 Years Later

2013-03-16T123516Z_01_BAG301_RTRIDSP_3_IRAQA good article in The Post on how things are progressing in Iraq 10 years after the U.S. invasion. The country seems to be flourishing  (if that is not too strong of a term) in the Kurdish occupied north and the Shiite controlled south as the Sunni controlled central region continues to experience much violence along with many other troubles. The problem seems to be that, under dictator Saddam Hussein, the Sunni’s were the ruling faction, but now the Shiites have gained the majority of power under the al-Maliki government for they are the majority of the population their.

Read Here.