Anyone under the age of 26 has spent half her or his life in a world in which there is a war in Iraq that somehow effects the lives of Americans. The closest analogy in American history was the war in Vietnam. Of course there was a Cold War for half a century, but this conflict dealt more with political issues than with armies engaged in killing one another. The latest chapter in the Iraq wars is now taking place on the outskirts of Tikrit which is the first step on the road to Mosul. As you recall it was several months ago that ISIS forces attacked Mosul only to discover that four divisions of Iraq soldiers simply put down their weapons and fled for their lives even though they outnumbered ISIS at least four to one.
At this moment, an Iraq army led by Iranian officers is attacking Tikrit and will soon take this city. For the first time Iraq soldiers believe their leaders represent something important to the lives of Iraq people. Sorry, American military personnel were never able to convey this concept. They always represented the non-Muslim West. Let’s see how the Iranian officers run this war. Remember, the enemy of my enemy is my friend!