The Foreign Minister of Iraq just sent out a plea to the world for help. Ibrahim al Ja’afari wants the world to rally around the cause of Iraq and help his gallant government drive out the bad guys. He denounced ISIS for its brutality, its disregard for human life and wants the world to join in the battle to rid the Middle East of these beasts. OK,so the Iraq diplomat does admit there is a bit of “corruption” in his government and the world should ignore this minor problems and work to end the existence of ISIS. Who can disagree with his desire? Of course:
1. There would not be an ISIS if the government of Iraq Prime Minister Maliki had not attacked and imprisoned thousands of Sunni Iraqis.
2. Maliki had promised to allow Sunni warriors who had helped to destroy al-Qaeda to be incorporated into the Iraq armed forces, he did not carry out his promise.
3. The Shiite Iraq government has allowed Muslim militants to attack, murder and drive out of the country its Christian population.
Frankly, it is difficult to believe any statement from the Iraq government about its desire for democracy.
The past week has definitely enabled Vladimir Putin to enjoy himself. Leaders of France and Germany came begging to him and imploring the man who once was a KGB agent. He so enjoys being in the limelight of power when those who regard themselves as leaders of great nations seek his approval. It is also wonderful that most Russians somehow believe this excuse for a human is a “great” leader of their nation. Yes, the world gets a path to his house and he has the power to allow them to enter or wait outside begging for alms from the man who controls guns and artillery and planes. In theory there is a ceasefire in Ukraine. In theory separatists and Ukrainians have laid down their arms. Of course, the great leader decides what constitutes “peace” and quiet. We can expect further “incidents,” we can expect further deaths of Ukrainian soldiers.
It is the winter of discontent for those in the West who have allowed themselves to be bullied by this person. Can anything be done?
1. Isolate Russia. No travel, no trade.
2. Send defensive weapons to Ukrainians.
3. Allow Ukraine to become a member of NATO.
4. Continue the sanctions.
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