ERBIL, Iraq — Five days after fleeing Mosul in northern Iraq, Ahmed says he's now more nervous than ever.But it's not the Al Qaeda-inspired extremists who to...
The BBC may spin stories about how ISIS is executing Iraqi security force members captured in battle. This serves to only drum up the rage and resentment against ISIS in the West.
But there's more to the story, and I sincerely wish that the leaders of our world are paying attention to the actual story that's unfolding in the region and not swallowing their own dog food.
This is how bad Nouri al-Malaki has been governing Iraq: the people of Mosul are more willing to accept a group that al-Qaeda distanced themselves from rather than help al-Malaki and his excessively ethnically biased Shi'a government. These are not stupid people we are currently fighting against, but people who seem to be well versed and well aware of how to appeal to people in the short run, at the very least, in order to get what they want from them: legitimacy, recognition, and authority to govern. Whether or not ISIS will be a desirable long term solution to the Sunnis' plight in Iraq, I honestly don't know. But this makes the operation sooo much more delicate on our end, because any strike against ISIS will be met with strikes from the general public, especially if we're seen as acting on behalf of al-Malaki's "government". Our best bet, I think, would be to find Moqtada al-Sadr and try to convince him, with the help of the Iranians, to step in to take over from al-Malaki and run a unity government for Iraq (which may or may not include a Kurdish region). The Sunni do not have the land or the population to make a functional state. It would be better to help the two sides heal the damage that was done to their relations by the American invasion of 2003 thanks to our own conservatives on both sides of the aisle. I think al-Sadr, in spite of his anti-American pedigree, would be the ideal candidate to take over from al-Malaki, thanks to his own legitimacy amongst the communities of Iraq and his organic leadership pedigree in Iraq itself.
Sadr and al-Sadr fought them. While I think al-Sadr would be mature and pragmatic enough to listen to what we would have to offer, I very much doubt that the American leadership or the American populace would be so willing to do what will most likely be best for Iraq and for our relations with the people of the region and the Islamic community as a whole.
Idiot conservative monkey brains.
Think about it.