Violence Escalates In Iraq

During the past several months, the media has been filled with stories concerning how the famous “surge” has resulted in a dramatic “victory” in Iraq. Lost in this euphoria is the reality that al-Qaeda, which arrived in Iraq courtesy of George Bush, is still active and may be laying low awaiting further reductions in US military personnel. Suicide bombers blew themselves up throughout Iraq yesterday as Kurdish areas were hit in anticipation of the arrival of the Turkish president who has led the fight against Kurdish rebels. Al-Qadea may be targeting Kurds because they collaborate with Americans, and there may be Kurdish rebels who are attacking any fellow Kurds who seek to work with Turks. In a word, this is one mess after another.

The situation appears to suggest there might be an escalation in fighting in northern areas of Iraq as both Kurdish rebels and al-Qaeda share a common animosity toward Kurds who collaborate with Americans or with Turkish authorities. Further south in Iraq there were other suicide bombers.

When all is said and done, President Obama has inherited a rather complicated situation and all talk about “victories” may well be a bit premature.

  • jstivers729

    Your argument is engaging and informative, and I agree with your take on the media’s role in manipulating public opinion. However, I respectfully disagree with your assumption that “victory” in Iraq is measured by ongoing Al-Qaeda activity. Although much improvement is still needed, we cannot simply disregard all of the progress that has been made over the years. According to author Bing West, who wrote a national review of the Iraq War in 2008, Iraq has greatly improved in both the military and political sense. In his review West reports, “The leadership of the national police,a disgraced organization that was complicit in killing Sunnis two years ago, has been replaced, and recent assessments have been positive.” West’s review goes on to mention a number of significant improvements on the political standpoint as well as more social and military advancements. At the same time, West successfully points out the flaws andnegative aspects of this ongoing war. Here’s a link to that document as a reference: Conclusively, I agree that Obama has inherited a complicated situation, but we must assess this war in a broader sense. We cannot focus all of our attention on the negative aspects, but instead we must acknowledge the improvements and prolong the progress.

  • Fred Stopsky

    Of course, the so-called, progress, has not lasted very long. No one knows if the “progress” is long term.