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The trouble with assisting Iraq militarily

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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

3. Governments

4. Terrorist sects

See the annotated list.

“U.S. Said to Rebuff Iraqi Request to Strike Militants


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.

1. Sunni Muslims
1. Sunni Muslims Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

1. Sunni Muslims

Sunni Muslims are those who believe in Sunni Islam. They follow “the tradition of Muhammad and the consensus of the Ummah.” The Sunni sect is the second largest religion next to Christianity.

Is there something inherent in the Sunni religion that prevents peaceful assimilation with the non Sunni world?

The conflict begins when believers seek to enforce religious-based laws in all society with intolerance for others. It stems from commingling government and religion.

“The primary collections consisting of Kutub al-Sittah accepted by Sunni orthodoxy, in conjunction with the Quran and binding consensus, form the basis of all jurisprudence within Sunni Islam. Laws are derived from these basic sources; in addition, Sunni Islam's juristic schools recognize differing methods to derive verdicts such as analogical reason, consideration of public welfare and juristic discretion.”

2. Shiite Muslims
2. Shiite Muslims Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

2. Shiite Muslims

Shia religion is another Islamic sect.  This sect comes from the followers  Muhammad's son-in-law and cousin Ali. It is a large faction of Islam and represents about 15% of the global population and 38% of the Middle East population.

In both instances, Muslim sects are a very large population. In both instances, their religious law is incompatible with democratic freedom.

The sects are apparently intolerant of one another. It is analogous to a time when Jews and Christians were intolerant. Still, some may argue that the present divide between the State of Israel may host a similar type of intolerance, although government has developed more effective ways to accommodate differences. That viewpoint varies widely with Palestinians being the example.

3. Governments
3. Governments Scholastic News

3. Governments

The forms of governments in the Middle East vary as do their effective degree of democratic freedom. See the simple chart posted from Scholastic News. Dictatorships and Kingdoms don’t mix in a democratic free world. Combine that with theocracy and the level of incompatibility increases.

4. Terrorist sects
4. Terrorist sects Getty Image

4. Terrorist sects

Terrorist sects are largely rooted in extreme Islam. Different terms are used to describe them.

“Terrorism has been defined as "the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”

“Islamic Terrorism is a form of terrorism[1] committed by Muslims to achieve varying political ends in the name of religion. Islamic terrorism has occurred globally, including in India, Africa, Australia, Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia, South America, The Caucasus, The Pacificand North America. Islamic terrorist organizations have been known to engage in tactics including suicide attacks, bombings, spree killings,hijackings, kidnappings and recruiting new members through the Internet.”