We must stay out of Iraq

Iraq is imploding.

How it will shape out remains to be seen, but Iraq will not be what it was. And the great fear is large sections of the former Iraq, and Syria as well, will become the center of the worst terrorist organization ever known.

Behind it all is a group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The group is so far out there even al-Qaeda disavowed any connection with ISIS earlier this year.

To date, ISIS controls parts of northern Syria and several key cities in Iraq. Bagdad, the country’s capital, is within striking distance. ISIS’s goal is quite simple, to create a hardline Sunni Islamic state, often referred to as a caliphate.

This is key because the vast majority of Iraqis are Shias. Those two factions of Islam have fought for centuries against each other. In essence, we are looking at a civil war focused on religious and political reasons.

And what should the United States do? President Obama has already ruled out “boots on the ground,” other than sending about 275 troops to protect and possibly evacuate our embassy there.

There is now talk of escalated bombing options – ranging from carpet bombing to precision drone strikes.

The question is, why should the United States get involved yet again in Iraq? This is not a country invading another or threatening peace with weapons of mass destruction – essentially, reasons why we fought in Iraq twice before. No, this is a civil war between two rival political and religious factions. The current Iraqi government, which is almost completely Shiite, has refused repeatedly to include the Sunnis in government.

We have no business getting involved in this mess. And let’s face it, there is no such thing as “precision bombing” when ISIS troops are intermingled with civilians in the cities they have captured. We would only be putting the proverbial fuel on the fire and create even more hatred against our country.

How all this will play out remains to be seen. And that’s what the United States should do. ISIS may succeed or they may be defeated. We don’t know and it’s not our business to get into another country’s civil war.



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