If you’ve been following the news coming out of Iraq during the past two days, then you already know how dire the situation is.
To recap – a band of radical Islamofacist militants calling itself ISIS (Islamic State if Iraq and Syria) has begun a coordinated series of attacks in the northern portion of Iraq. The cities of Mosul and Tikrit have already been captured. Over $400 million in Iraqi currency (and possibly gold bullion) has been stolen from the central bank in Mosul. US-made weapons and equipment have been commandeered from fleeing security forces. Hundreds of thousands of evacuees and refugees are now on the run. Scores of decapitated corpses of captured police and state security forces are said to be lining roads and highways. The militants are headed toward Baghdad, promising a bullet in the head for anyone who stands in their way.
Unsurprisingly, ISIS wants to re-establish the ancient Islamic “caliphate” that once stretched from Spain, through North Africa, and across the Middle East. Reportedly, they have already began enforcing barbaric fundamentalist Sharia in areas they have captured. They are, essentially, Taliban version 2.0.
There are a lot of things about this story that are worth discussing:
“I am very optimistic about Iraq. I think it’s gonna be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re gonna see 90,000 American troops come marchin’ home by the end of the summer. You’re gonna see a stable government in Iraq that is actually movin’ toward a representative government.“