A new Sunni-Islam sect has grown out of the Syria conflict and the power vacuum of the large swaths of sparsely populated NW Iraq. The new power is ISIS The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq and they are frightening.
I think left and right in the U.S. can agree on that.
I know we all feel overwhelmed from all the continuing and seemingly never-ending traumatic news from the Middle East, but this seems to be rising, again, to can’t-ignore status.
Unfortunately, under the “you broke it, you bought it” ethic, the U.S. has, in my opinion, an ethical responsibility to this region. On the right, with gas prices rising, others might see a national security reason to be interested. Other’s still, also including myself, believe as the world’s premier military power, we have a responsibility to act in coordination with other’s to work against bad actors – like ISIS is.
I still think that Joe Biden was right when some time before Barack Obama was President he mentioned the idea of redefining the boundaries of Iraq. This would be difficult, but it seems it is where we are heading anyway. It was always going to be a struggle to maintain any sort of national government in Iraq, especially a Shiite-majority one, with the continued fighting between the militant wings of the Sunni majority and Shiite minority. Not to mention the Kurdish minority in the NW.
I think what we are seeing here is the familiar pattern in the Middle East of the most militant, the ones with the power (ie gunpowder) making their presence known and taking power relatively easily given the power vacuum in this poor and sparsely populated section of the Middle East.
Unfortunately, this militant and extreme brand of power hungry individuals using Islam as the excuse to conquer and rule a region is the Taliban in Afghanistan all over again. We have to be pro-active and we should all support some sort or action, not necessarily military, in this region.
We will disagree on the U.S.’s role in inflaming this mess, we will also disagree on what the U.S. role should now be. However, hopefully the one thing we might agree on is we can’t bury our heads in the sand on this.