Monday, June 16, 2014

What Happens In Iraq Will Not Stay In Iraq

Most Americans are understandably tired of years of war and the high price we have paid in blood and treasure in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unfortunately, just because Socialist President Pinocchio Obama declares these wars over and we pull out our troops does not make it so.  Obama should have maintained a contingency of advisers in Iraq, the same as we did in Japan, Europe and South Korea after World War II and the Korean War to insure the peace.   Iraq began to disintegrate literally the day we pulled out all our troops.   And, if Iraq just broke into three separate countries run by the Kurds, the Sunnis and the Shites, who would care if all of this could be contained to part of the world. 

But that is not what is going to happen.   What happens in Iraq will not stay in Iraq for a variety of reasons.  Sunnis and Shites hate each other and having been killing each other for centuries.   This is really a battle between Arabs and Iranian Persians.  However, if that is all it was, while the misery they are causing each other is horrible, if it only involved them, life could go on for the rest of the world.  Unfortunately, both radical Islamic Sunnis and Shites hate Westerners and Israel and our way of life as much as they hate each other. 

The Sunnis goal is to establish a caliphate, run by a dictator, in control of the whole Middle East and North Africa.  The Iranians long for the days when there was a Persian empire, before Alexander the Great, a Westerner destroyed it, when they were in control of the whole Middle East and part of North Africa.   Either scenario threatens the national security interest of the United States and our allies because these peoples will not live in peace with us. 

These radical, Islamic fundamentalists hate everything Western; our freedom, the role of women in society and our economic and military power.   They have been a war with us for years and long before 9/11.  If Al Queda is successful in taking over Iraq, other parts of the Middle East and North Africa and eventually Afghanistan,  they will control our access to oil, the life blood of our economy.  And, they will spread terrorism around the world, killing Westerners by the thousands.   We can't allow that to happen.  One way or another, the United States will have to fight to protect our freedom and way of life.  Sadly, it is what it is.   We cannot bury our heads in the sand and just hope this will all go away. 

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