The Middle-East is and will remain a mess. A lot of that has to do with the meddling of European powers going back a hundred years and more as they drew boundaries that made no sense. A good movie to watch to get an idea of European intervention in the Arab world would be “Lawrence of Arabia,” starring Peter O’Toole. It’s a magnificent movie and provides a terrific history lesson.
Yet what is going on there now is no movie. Competing interests, often holding different and mutually-incompatible version of Islam, are at each others’ throats. As just mentioned, many boundaries such as those of Iraq are unworkable meaning conflict is baked into the cake. And we haven’t even mentioned Israel yet in this piece.
In a recent report, “The Defense Department announced on Saturday that a U.S.-led coalition air strike had effectively destroyed an Islamic State command-and-control headquarters in western Mosul, which was responsible for churning out mass amounts of propaganda for the world’s most brutal terror group.”
Should ISIS be wiped out, the world will be a better place. And it might send a message to similar groups eager to bring horror and suffering to others in their quest for power.
According to the Washington Examiner, US led forces just flattened a facility used by ISIS in Iraq: “The five-story Bab Sinjar administration building, which also served as a propaganda facility, was located in the Jumhuri medical community complex.”
Part of the problem in attacking ISIS is that this group uses buildings such as hospitals to shield them from attack. Hence it become necessary to examine targets closely to avoid civilian casualties. Again, from the Examiner: “Islamic State terrorists regularly use protected sites like hospitals, schools and mosques for activities to try to protect themselves from air strikes, but the coalition determined through intelligence collection that the building was no longer used for any medical purposes and that there were no civilians at the site.”
This building was only one of the targets attacked. “The air strike was one of three in Mosul on Friday. The other strikes destroyed other Islamic State assets, including four watercraft, three front-end loaders, two shipping containers, a mortar system, an artillery system and a facility to make vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.”
In such a patchwork of conflicting ideologies, ethnic groups, and religious loyalties, is peace possible? Probably, given enough time, although perhaps not in our lifetimes. It’s a tragedy that can be measured in human lives lost, refugee problems, and human suffering. The idea that the US can march in and fix things, is an exercise in hubris. Yet there remains a hope that we can at least help reduce the bloodshed and defeat terrorist groups that would like to target our own country by our attacking the more violent jihadists such as ISIS. This is what President Trump is now doing.
President Trump announced that he was going to bomb, well, shall we just say, the “daylights” out of ISIS. Mark this as yet another campaign promise made and being kept.
Source: Mad World News