Saturday, June 18, 2016. Chaos and violence continue, the War Crimes in
Falluja continue, thousands of new refugees have been created by
'liberating' the city, US President Barack Obama meets with Saudi royal,
and much more.
The stupidity runneth over -- and circles around itself:
The Islamic State seized portions of Iraq not because they were so
wonderful or so trained but because the government of Iraq was much
worse than inept -- it was (and remains) corrupt and selective --
persecuting all that aren't in power but most openly persecuting the
We have repeatedly pointed out how embarrassing it is for Haider
al-Abadi (US-installed prime minister of Iraq) that he's been prime
minister since August of 2014, Mosul was taken over by the Islamic State
in June of 2014 and Mosul still is held by the Islamic State.
al Qaeda, the big terrorist in the world mind throughout the '00s, never controlled Afghanistan. (The Taliban did.)
The Islamic State is able to do amazing attacks, vast destruction, deadly deeds, criminal acts.
In Iraq, thanks to the government of Iraq, they were able to seize territory.
That it's taken two years for Haider -- and counting -- to reclaim Mosul is shocking.
That the Islamic State could be driven out of cities it holds in Iraq was never in doubt -- even without US participation.
That it's taking so long goes to the corruption that is the Iraqi government.
[Sidebar, we don't focus on Syria here. We have not made a point to
condemn or even criticize US President Barack Obama's scattershot
approach -- which has included arming some of the same groups designated
as terrorists elsewhere. I would not have armed anyone but the picture
there is different than in Iraq. Though Barack's now being pressured
-- heavy this week -- he has refused to send US combat troops into
Syria. I think that's probably the smartest thing he's done in his
presidency. The briefest possible description for Syria remains "civil
And, again, these 'victories' should have taken place "even without US participation."
The fact that the 'victories' come only after a year and five months of
daily US bombings, after that long in training, after the use of US
forces in combat, etc, etc, is appalling.
And they're using child soldiers.
Which is appalling.
And should not happen.
But such children demonstrate more dedication and passion than the government of Iraq has.
That is the story.
For nearly two years, Haider al-Abadi has been prime minister of Iraq.
During that time, Mosul has been occupied by the Islamic State and remains occupied.
How do you look yourself in the mirror when you've allowed a terrorist
group to take over cities and when you won't do anything yourself?
Every action taken -- whether by the Iraqi forces proper or by them
and/or the Shi'ite militias (which are part of the Iraqi forces now --
is backed by either the United States or Iran.
There is no rah-rah here despite the media drum beat and desire to create one.
I do not care for the Shi'ite militias. That said, these comments are
not a slap at them. They are not a slap at the Iraqi military proper.
They are an acknowledgement that the government of Iraq is a failure.
Beyond that, these actions are empty -- these military 'victories.'
That's before you take into account what 'liberation' has looked like in Ramadi and elsewhere.
But the military actions are meaningless in terms of wiping out the Islamic State.
It's a terrorist organization that took root in Iraq because of the government persecuting the citizens.
Ammar al-Shamary and Jim Michaels (USA TODAY) explain
Analysts say the battlefield gains will need to be followed by
political reconciliation, since the Islamic State was able to take
advantage of Sunni anger at the Shiite-dominated central government.
Islamic State is not popular among Sunnis, but resistance in some areas
of the country was weak, since many Sunnis did not want to fight on the
side of the Iraqi government — allowing the militants to take over
large swaths of territory two years ago.
with Sunnis will be needed for the Fallujah operation to sustain any
gains," said Sterling Jensen, an assistant professor at the United Arab
Emirates' National Defense College in Abu Dhabi.
There has been movement on the political front.
Haider al-Abadi has replaced Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister but the persecution has not changed.
That's not surprising.
The two are friendly (at one point, they were friends) and they both hail from the same political party (Dawa).
Haider's blusters about ending corruption but then appoints a member of
Dawa to head the so-called investigations thereby ensuring that Nouri
and he himself are protected.
The corruption starts at the top.
As does the disregard for the Constitution of Iraq.
Haider's tossed out vice presidents -- a power he does not have in the
Constitution. He's tried to put together a new Cabinet -- while the old
ministers remain in their role -- never having been stripped of the
roles by the Parliament (the only body that has the power to do so).
He long ago lost the support of the leading Shi'ite cleric in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
In the face of his continued failures, the 'liberation' means very little.
It certainly does not wipe away or justify War Crimes that have taken place this week -- such as: