So the Sunni militants that have taken much of Syria and Iraq have declared a worldwide caliphate. Their leader has taken the name ‘Kalif Ibrahim’.
The expected chatter has emerged from the usual suspects, the war criminals and profiteers who sold most of the country the invasion of Iraq in 2003, assuring us that the war would be over in months, not years. That the US of A would be welcomed with flowers and kisses. That a Middle East finally free of despotism would jump at the chance for democracy and free markets.
Especially ‘free’ markets: Iraqi oil would pay for the whole liberating adventure.
Mission most definitely unaccomplished.
And why these men are not in prison, but walking around, giving interviews, writing editorials, sitting on their patios after another soft day, I will never understand. They should be driven off the public stage in disgust. And then thrown into a prison cell for the rest of their lives.
I do not believe in capital punishment, but if I did they would deserve it.
And instead there they are, on the talk shows and in the newspapers and websites, spreading their usual spiel, driven either by fear, or more likely, by the desire to inflame fear in the masses.
The worldwide caliphate has been declared, they say. ‘The Muslims’, they say, as if there were such a single entity, are coming, ready to spill our blood. Soon, the criminals intone, there will be Sharia in Topeka, and the lopping off of heads on Times Square.
Actually none of this poses any threat to the West, though it does indeed pose a grave threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, already traumatized.
If you haven’t noticed, there has been no rush of Muslims to join the ‘caliphate’.
In fact this declaration not only repels the Shi’a but is an existential threat to every Muslim nation. Even ISIS’ Sunni allies are backing away from them. Almost certainly Muslim infighting will assure that the ‘caliphate’ will exist only in the fevered brains of the Sunni fanatics.
American air strikes?
Dear God. Every time the US has done that it has made more enemies. Air war is by nature inaccurate, even if you try to be precise. When the ‘collateral damage’ is someone’s grandma or baby you just made a whole village of new enemies.
But as the US is responsible for the chaos that is Iraq what should we do to try to repay that nation?
We could take any refugees who want to come here. We can settle them in Detroit or Flint or Youngstown: give them whatever tools they need to settle, plant crops or begin small enterprises. If they can survive in the desert they will flourish in our ruined cities, under which there is rich and fertile soil.
It would cost no more than a bombing campaign, and we can send the bill to Halliburton.