Fallujah and the place called Iraq reflected high and low points throughout history. From a Western perspective, what confounds future progress is the incredible secularism and divisiveness among Muslims and various tribes and political organizations.
If a leader emerged who represented people based on adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world would likely support the leadership and the people who follow it. Short of that, the free world will do best to stand back and let the forces fight until and unless the fighting and terrorism spreads. Otherwise, it has proven to be a hopeless cause.
“In 2010 it was reported that an academic study had shown "a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s." since 2004. In addition, the report said the types of cancer were "similar to that in the Hiroshima survivors who were exposed to ionising radiation from the bomb and uranium in the fallout", and an 18% fall in the male birth ratio (to 850 per 1000 female births, compared to the usual 1050) was similar to that seen after the Hiroshima bombing.”
It is not a place for American and allied boots on the ground. That surely didn’t work. For the sake of humanity, maybe it will just dry up.
“The 2008 Battle of Sadr City
by David E. Johnson, M. Wade Markel, Brian Shannon
The 2008 Battle of Sadr City, which took place in Baghdad nearly 15 months after the beginning of the U.S. "surge" in Iraq, has received relatively little scholarly attention. However, the coalition's defeat of Jaish al-Mahdi after six weeks of high-intensity fighting offers important lessons for the U.S. Army as it prepares for future operations.
Using after-action reports, briefings, other primary sources, and interviews with combatants and officials involved in the fighting and its aftermath, the authors describe the battle, analyze its outcome, and derive implications for the conduct of land operations. Their analysis identifies the following factors as critical to the coalition victory: supporting ground maneuver elements with integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities and strike assets; the key roles played by heavy forces, snipers, and special operations forces; decentralized decisionmaking; capable indigenous security forces; and rapid transitions from phase to phase.
The authors conclude that the Battle of Sadr City presents a new model for dealing with insurgent control of urban areas: treating an urban area as a wide-area security mission. Unlike previous urban operations against insurgents, in which cities were essentially besieged and then stormed, the objective in this battle was not to take and clear Sadr City but to create conditions that would make it both impossible for the insurgents to operate effectively and possible to restore security to the broader population.”
Well, that did not work in the end, did it?