Can someone give me some insight on this Iraq civil war?
This ISIS group had suddenly emerged and appear to be a serious threat to the world as a whole. Like anyone against theyre religious views, or anyone who has diffrent views is the enemy. Do you think US should get involved and help stop the thrrat before they get to powerful. I mean i personally think so but idk. Its a win lose situation regardless. We have so many problems to Russian problems to ISIS and then problems here in the US. Whats your take on it, what do u think should be the primary goal/ focus. And also does ISIS have any allies? Who are they fighting against in this war besides Syria? And is Al Qaeda the same as ISIS?
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Everyone will tell you that to understand this problem you have to go back into history. So far so good. We all agree on that. But right after they say that, they blame the rise of ISIS on Saddam Hussein or Al Quaeda or, my favorite, President Obama.
But let's go WAY back to the end of WWI. That whole area was part of the Ottoman Empire for many centuries. The Ottoman Empire broke up in WWI and at the end of the war the Brits redrew the map of the whole Middle East. They carved Iraq out of this map with no sensitivity to the fact that Iraq was made up of three totally separate peoples who didn't want to all be in the same country.
From that point on, the Sunni, Shia and Kurds didn't get along. One group was in power and the other two got the fuzzy end of the lollipop. They were held together by a 'strong man' dictator. Who, in turn, was supported by the US so long as he'd sell us the oil cheap.
When Saddam turned against us, GW Bush wanted to take him out. 'But,' people asked, 'How are you going to keep Iraq together without strongman dictator?' I never heard anyone in the Bush admin. answer this question--all they cared about was getting rid of Saddam. My own feeling is that they planned on replacing Saddam with another 'strongman'.
Bush's Iraq War took out Saddam, who was a Sunni. This made the Shia more powerful and they took over the country (they had been a majority all along!) Just as critics suspected all along, this led to a civil war. The Kurds took over their section, in Northern Iraq (and you don't hear about that because they're supposed to be our friends, but trust me, they're just as bad!) And ISIS came in representing the Sunni.
There was some talk of partitioning Iraq into three smaller countries, or at least separate zones where each group could rule themselves. The Bushies dismissed this idea, but this is just what's happening now! It's exactly what critics of the war anticipated!
ALL our trouble in the Middle East is 'blowback', it's unintended consequences of previous bumbling interventions. We threw most of the Palestinians out of their homes and 70 years later they're still angry about that. We threw out a legitimately elected prime minister in Iran in 1953, and we put in our choice of leader. 25 years later he died of cancer and Iran was taken over by a Muslim revolution. Then we put a brutal dictator in charge of Iraq to fight Iran, and a few years later he turned on us and we got rid of him, and this created a power vacuum.
ISIS is not a foreign conquering force (like the US), it's 'freedom fighters' by another name. Yes, they fight dirty, they commit atrocities, but so does every other military force in the region. In fact the atrocities committed by the US only helps them recruit among the locals.
A bigger question is: What are we going to do now? Clearly another full-scale invasion like Iraq in 2003 is not in the cards. Obama is doing some targetted bombing but I don't think that will be effective. We really need to broker some kind of peace agreement between Sunni, Shia and Kurds, perhaps splitting Iraq into three zones.
Remember GW Bush fought this war for five years, and at the end of it, trillions of dollars later, the situation was worse than when he began.
- Anonymous7 years ago
It's not an Iraq civil war. The vast majority of Iraqis are just as opposed to ISIS as every other middle eastern country. ISIS grew out of the destabilization of Syria and Iraq, after the Syrian revolution and the Iraqi regime change, weakening both governments and allowing radical extremists to take hold. ISIS has no support outside of other radical terrorists, but they do have a ton of money and military resources because they took over Syrian and Iraqi banks and military vehicles and weapons, again, because of the weakened government and militaries within those countries. Further, they are getting millions of dollars from foreign governments and corporations, in exchange for ISIS releasing foreign prisoners.
What should we do? Well, we are already bombing them.....as are the Kurds, Turks, and some Iraqi forces, as well as the Syrian government. We in the US can't do much more without congressional authorization, but we shouldn't do it alone and should absolutely get an international coalition together to jointly confront ISIS.
- TopLv 67 years ago
ISIS did not "suddenly emerge". Up until February this year, they were called Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQIZ), then they split off from AQIZ and re-named themselves. The US did get involved. It was called the Iraq War. Once the true Iraqi Army was defeated in 2003, we spent the rest of the war fighting the insurgent militants, most notably AQIZ (ISIS). Its the same people, they just now call themselves a different name.
- Anonymous7 years ago
The reason is simple.
The destruction of the Hussein government left Iraq in political shambles. The United States government was planning on remaining as a stabilizing influence while the new Iraqi government settled in.
It was politically necessary, however for Obama to denounce all of Bush's policies in order to become president. He pulled all the troops out and destabilized Iraq, leaving its governance to whichever bully chopped off the most heads.
He won the election and it only cost a few million Iraqi lives, and they weren't voters anyway.
P.S. He's still blaming the chaos in Iraq on G.W. Bush and the media is giving him a free ride.
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- jack fLv 77 years ago
ISIS didn't magically materialize overnight as the democrats would have you believe. They grew and Barrack Barry Sotero Obama Junior watched them grow. ISIS could have been crushed in their infancy, and the Iraqi government asked for american help, but O'dumbo refused. He watched it fester and did nothing. He still does nothing. Adolf Hitler gained power much similar to what ISIL is doing now. The world stands by and watches, they get stronger.