To the Bitter End: Civil War Tearing Iraq Apart.

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The seminal failure and hellhole known as Iraq has once again degenerated into utter chaos as militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have overrun vast portions of the country, leaving a violent trail of destruction and strict Sharia law in their wake. Most of eastern Iraq has fallen to the ISIS onslaught, with territory ever expanding out towards the capital of Baghdad.

As Fox News reports:

Al Qaeda-inspired militants pushed into a province northeast of Baghdad Friday, capturing two towns there after having already toppled cities in the country’s north…

Iraqi soldiers abandoned their posts there without any resistance, the officials told The Associated Press.

The Iraqi military has presented basically zero resistance. In fact, numerous Iraqi military personnel have defected to the forces of ISIS, bringing their guns and military equipment with them – equipment largely bought and paid for by the US government, I might add.

The fresh gains by the fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant  (ISIS) come as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government struggles to form a coherent response after the Sunni militants blitzed and captured the country’s second-largest city of Mosul as well as other, smaller communities and military and police bases.

The Bush Administration put Shiites in charge of the majority Sunni Islamic nation. (For those not in-the-know, Sunnis and Shiites have a tendency to enjoy killing each other in nasty ways). Why on earth did they do that? I suspect that it had to do with countering Al-Qaeda’s influence, due to Al-Qaeda’s adherence to Sunni Islam doctrine. They probably hoped that putting Shiites in power would cancel out Al-Qaeda’s influence. Great idea, idiots. The Shiite government predictably began abusing the majority Sunni population. This has directly led to the present crisis: the Sunni majority rising up against the Shiite minority.

The new offensive by the militant group is the biggest threat to Iraq’s stability since the U.S. withdrawal at the end of 2011, and it has pushed the nation closer to a precipice that would partition it into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish zones.

Trumpeting their victory, the militants declared they would impose Shariah law in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city they captured on Tuesday, and other areas they seized, and promised to march on Baghdad, joined by Saddam Hussein-era loyalists and other disaffected Sunnis.

Iraq is falling apart, literally. It may not be long before the Sunnis and Shiites split into their own respective nations, with the Kurds finally gaining their long-awaited Kurdistan.

What a disaster. Nearly 10 years in Iraq, fueled by millions of tax dollars and thousands of dead or permanently-scarred soldiers, has created a floundering bloodbath of abject destruction and widespread horror.

Remember: the view that the USA shouldn’t get into these wars in the first place, the view that libertarians like myself and Ron Paul hold dear, is decried as “isolationist” and “too extreme” by mainstream Democrats and Republicans. They would rather us be involved in all of this madness; after all, it is not themselves or their own sons and daughters going to fight these wars.

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