Most Americans find the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East both frustrating and confusing. They are seldom helped by the media that tends to report problems far too late to be properly understood (you should listen to the BBC). So many of the challenges we face in the Middle East are the result of an inattentive administration and an ignorant press corps that cannot explain the “wickedness” of the problems faced in the Middle East because they do not understand the underlying issues.
So, to bring everyone up to speed…here is what we are up against.
First, the Obama foreign policy has been a colossal failure in the Middle East. Granted, they were placed in a bad situation by the Bush administration, but there is no excuse for the incompetence we have witnessed over the past five years. While the Obama Administration may be the most intelligent group ever assembled (I doubt this in light of our poor response to ALL world events) they are a living testament to why you do not assemble a group of academic ideologues with no real world experience and place them under the leadership of someone who has never led a single major enterprise in his life, and allow them to develop policy that will affect billions of humans lives. But, the American people did just that. There appear to be no adults in the Obama administration…no one who can admit the “Arab Spring” is a euphemism for “devastating American foreign policy failure.” This policy has cost thousands of Arabs their lives and is a free falling policy into what appears to be a bottomless pit of internationally bad outcomes.
We have lost the greatest non-aligned ally we have ever had…Egypt. Allowing Mubarak to be replaced by the “Muslim brotherhood” (read “American hating terrorists”) which forced the Egyptian Army to step in and take over the country after thousands had been slaughtered…is simply inexcusable for any American leader. We had no plan.
We allowed Mohammar Kaddafi to be ousted in Libya and that nation was turned over to “Al Qaeda affiliates” (read “American hating terrorists”) who then proceeded to attack our embassy, murder and rape the dead body of our Ambassador in the streets, and then kill countless thousands of Libyans. We had no plan.
Now, Iraq. We can argue until the cows come home as to whether or not we should have been there in the first place. But, once we were there, we needed to ensure that it would not become a vacuum for attracting global terrorists. Guess what? It has become a vacuum, attracting “global terrorists” (read “American hating terrorists”). We have no plan.
The media cannot explain, and genuinely appear baffled by the willingness of Iran to help the Shi-ite government of Iraq. But, if they understood anything about the last 1,300 years of Islamic history they would know that this attitude of cooperation by Iran is far from surprising. You see, over 85% of the world’s Muslim population is Sunni. About 12% is Shi-ite. Shi-ites (or Shia) are predominately located in Iran and southern Iraq.
Interestingly, the only people Sunni fundamentalists hate more than Jews and Christians are…Shia muslims. They see the Shia as apostate. Think of the Ireland fight between Catholics and Protestants…on STEROIDS and lasting 1,300 years…that is the Sunni v Shia fight.
So, now the Iranians see Sunni terrorists, who believe they can usher in the return of the 12th “Imam” – read savior or king likened to Jesus only with a physical grievance and worldly vengeance to be carried out – if they physically unite the “body of believers”…read “all Muslims and all real estate that has ever been occupied by the Islamic world”…ever…in history (Spain should be feeling nervous).
This means that the Sunni terrorists believe they must erase all physical borders of all nations that are, by their way of thinking, false borders created by the West…borders that are used to keep their people separated so that the 12th Imam will never return. Thus, this past week, when “ISIS” (read “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”…or read “American hating terrorists”) announced the abolition of the border between Syria and Iraq, this was more than boasting…this was the FIRST step to reuniting the “Umma” – the body of Muslim believers in the world.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, they were stunned to find that Iran was willing to help in stopping this terrorist group from obtaining a permanent hold in Iraq. Why would Iran want to help? It is simple…if the Sunni terrorists take control of Iraq, their next goal will be to wipe out Shi-ite Muslims from the face of the earth. Iranians seem to be really opposed to being annihilated.
What to do? For the cowards and appeasers…for those who constantly insist that the United States should not throw its weight around …do nothing. ISIS will come to you. Then you can hug them and apologize for us being such a great nation and such an advanced society. They will kill you and take your stuff.
For the greater minds and smarter leaders, the answer is simple; stabilize Iraq – without help from Iran (we don’t want those nuts in Baghdad), establish a Status of Forces agreement, just as we did with Japan, Germany, Italy and South Korea…and leave 15,000 troops and trainers in Iraq for the next generation to ensure the Middle East does not harbor “American hating terrorists”.
I leave you with this thought; the same naïve academics who insist that we cut our carbon emissions to save the earth…and the same naïve academics that believe we must construct a better trade policy to stop child labor and human trafficking that cost thousands of human lives each year…these same folks have no qualms with thousands of innocent people dying because of a poorly developed and pathetically executed foreign policy. This past week thousands of children…and elderly…and women…and men, died in Iraq. We could have kept that from happening…but apparently, they were not worth it. You see, our naïve geniuses think that carbon will make a difference, but they are too ignorant of life outside the test tube to consider the death toll associated with a poorly led “America” (read “world”).