The war in Iraq continues and people are dying. NO, there is not another beheading by ISIS, no, terrorists are not killing the innocent. No, American planes are not bombing terrorists. It is simply a continuation of a war that has gone on for over a decade. A Sunni elder, Sheikh Qasim al Janabi was driving in a convoy with members of his tribe when they were halted at a checkpoint in Baghdad. One would assume that being halted within the city limits of the capital of this fair land would not pose a danger to life or limb. This sheik was an important leader of Sunnis and has been working to reduce tensions and gather support of the war against ISIS. So, what led to his death and those of members of his family?
His convoy was halted by members of Shiite militia whose concept of fighting ISIS is to murder Sunnis who seek to murder members of ISIS. A voice of moderation is dead. We can expect some form of retaliation for these murders. Prime Minister Haider al Abadi IS trying to end the madness of killing and killing of Sunnis by Shiites. NO, Iraq does not need more American planes. But, it does need common sense and respect for one another if the fight against ISIS is to become a victory.
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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.