Saturday, May 13, 2017

Military solution? It'd be hilarious if it weren't so stupid and dangerous

province and city map update. Green= completely liberated. Orange= frontline clashes. White= control.

Day 206 of The Mosul Slog.

Imagine if that had time had been spent instead on political reconciliation.

Imagine if, back on June 19, 2014, when Barack Obama had said that the only answer to Iraq's crises was a political solution.

Imagine if, instead of two years of bombing Iraq, the US government had used its leverage by tying political reconciliation to all aid and weapons given to Iraq.

Where might things be now?

The Islamic State has been the most wonderful gift to empire and its whores in the western press.

It's allowed everyone to indulge in historical amnesia and pretend that, goodness, if it just weren't for the Islamic State, Iraq would be wonderful.

The Islamic State was never the problem.

It's a terrorist organization.

It could have been taken apart by the people.

But for that to happen, the reasons for its existence would have to be demolished.

Persecution in Iraq allowed it to rise.

Continued persecution in Iraq means it will continue or something similar will take its place.

And this should have been obvious to everyone.

For those who still can't see reality.

: Christian MPs condemn a speech by head of Shi'ite endowment says: Christians should either convert to Islam, pay Jizya or be killed.

ALSUMARIA reports that Alaa al-Moussawi, head of the Shi'ite Endowment, declared that Iraqi Christians could convert to Islam, pay or a tax or be murdered.

For those who've forgotten, these were the same terms the Islamic State gave to the citizens of Mosul when they took over the city in June 2014.

The Islamic State is a Sunni terrorist organization.

Repeating, Alaa al-Moussawi is Shi'ite.

Want to keep pretending the problem is the Islamic State?

Let's see how many more have to die before you wake up to the reality that the leaders (most installed by the US -- few chosen by Iraqis) have got to call for one-Iraq-for-all or the future is never ending violence in Iraq.

Bombs dropped on the country aren't helping.

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