The United States went to a lot of trouble combatting Iraq and attempting to rebuild the nation to give it a new start. The rationale was based on the behavior of Iraq’s dictatorial government. It may have been an impossible mission, if not an illegal war. The trouble begins in trying to bring Arab people from ancient culture into the modern world. Cultural and religious beliefs are out of synchronization with the rights and liberties of free people. That places the free world in direct conflict with most middle eastern nations and people. Those who live in democratic freedom and with governments that implore and support individual freedom are not going to yield to repression of any kind. Therefore, declared or not, we are people at war.
In developing a strategy to address the war against repression, Western nations and allies must segregate the enemies. The possibilities include the following list, beginning with these four groups.
1. Sunni Muslims
2. Shiite Muslims
4. Terrorist sects
See the annotated list.
“U.S. Said to Rebuff Iraqi Request to Strike Militants
By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT JUNE 11, 2014
WASHINGTON — As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials.
But Iraq’s appeals for a military response have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was over when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011.
The swift capture of Mosul by militants aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has underscored how the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have converged into one widening regional insurgency with fighters coursing back and forth through the porous border between the two countries. But it has also called attention to the limits the White House has imposed on the use of American power in an increasingly violent and volatile region.
A spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Bernadette Meehan, declined to comment on Mr. Maliki’s requests. “We are not going to get into details of our diplomatic discussions,” she said in a statement. “The current focus of our discussions with the government of Iraq and our policy considerations is to build the capacity of the Iraqis to successfully confront” the Islamic extremists.